Janet Jackson Speaks on Her 'Intense' Battle with Depression: 'Thankfully I Found My Way Through It'

Janet Jackson is on the cover of Essence magazine’s July issue.

For her cover story, the 51-year-old singer opened up about a variety of things — including her ‘intense’ struggle with depression.

Check out a few excerpts:

On struggling with depression: “I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”

On her one-year-old son Eissa: “The height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere.”

On #MeToo: “We are living at a time in history when women all over the world are refusing to be controlled, manipulated, exploited or abused. We have found our strength, and we will not relent.”

For more from her interview, visit Essence.com.

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