7 Famous Singers You Didn’t Know Struggle With Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms can include an extremely elevated mood called mania or include episodes of depression. Let’s find out about who are these bipolar singers.
List of Bipolar Singers
1. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey says she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001. On an interview with People magazine in April 2018 she opens up about her disorder saying that she now feels she’s in a good place managing her mental health.
“I didn’t want to believe it,” the superstar singer-songwriter told PEOPLE.
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she said. “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.”
2. Frank Sinatra
Francis Albert Sinatra was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. He sold 150 million records!
He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity.
Sinatra was quoted as saying, “Being an 18-karat manic depressive and having lived a life of violent emotional contradictions, I have an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as elation.”
Halsey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 17-years-old after a suicide attempt. She created much of her album, Manic during a manic episode of bipolar disorder.
Singer-songwriter Halsey has spoken up about mental illness in a lengthy Twitter thread signed, “Human Being with a Decade Long Bipolar Diagnosis.”
“I Would Leave Me If I Could,” a forthcoming poetry collection by Halsey, is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, IndieBound and other retailers.
English rock star, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner also known as Sting, has been open about his battles with bipolar disorder. He’s also participated in events raising awareness about the disease.
Looking back at his time as frontman of the band Police, he noted, “I was suicidal. …I was manic-depressive and I just wasn’t chemically balanced enough.”
5. Kanye West
Kanye West has previously been open about his mental health. He confirmed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2018, with the release of his album Ye — which bore the phrase “I Hate Being Bipolar. It’s Awesome” on the cover.
In a 2019 cover story for Vogue, Kardashian West, 39, said that her husband has accepted that he is bipolar, though he has opted out of treating the disorder with pharmaceuticals.
6. Demi Lovato
Singer Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she entered rehab for drug addiction, bulimia and self-harm in 2010 at age 22.
MTV aired a documentary about Lovato’s struggles with it in 2012.
Lovato said she wants women to know that “it’s possible to live well, feel well, and also find happiness with bipolar disorder or any other mental illness they’re struggling with.”
7. Bebe Rexha
The 30-year-old singer joins the list of bipolar singers, Bebe Rexha, opened up in Twitter saying “I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore.”
“For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so sick,” Rexha tweeted. “Why I felt lows that made me not want to leave my house or be around people and why I felt highs that wouldn’t let me sleep, wouldn’t let me stop working or creating music. Now I know why.”