Mariah Carey has been keeping a secret. The 48-year-old singer reveals in an interview with People magazine that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001, after being hospitalized after having a mental breakdown.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” in regards to keeping the diagnosis private. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”
Carey is in therapy and taking medication for bipolar II disorder.
As for why she came forward about her condition, Carey explains, “I’m just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder. I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”
Carey shared the People magazine cover on her Instagram, writing: “I’m grateful to be sharing this part of my journey with you.”