Just days after confessing to fans that performing her emotionally charged songs "is hell" and she feels "empty," Ariana Grande continued to open up about her mental health and headspace on Saturday (April 20), while also giving a shout out to one of her favorite actors of all time: Jim Carrey.
The pop star shared a series of posts on her Instagram story, beginning with a quote written by Carrey explaining depression and how to understand it.
"Depression is your body saying, 'I don't want to be this character anymore. I don't want to hold up this avatar that you've created in the world. It's too much for me,'" the quote card begins. "You should think of the word 'depressed' as 'deep rest.' Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you've been trying to play."
The "Bad Idea" singer wrote "The whole LOML [love of my life] forever" under the quote. She then added two more lighthearted posts about the funny man turned political activist expressing her love for him and divulging that her first AIM screen name was "jimcarreyfan42" when she was in 4th grade.
Check out Ari's thoughtful posts below.
This isn't the first time the 25-year-old has opened up about her mental health and the impact performing her deeply personal songs has on her. Since opening her Sweetener world tour, the singer has gotten choked up while singing the "thank u, next" line about her ex, the late rapper Mac Miller, and has also intentionally excluded songs like "Ghostin" from her set list because they're too heavy.
She also recently shared a brain scan revealing the effect PTSD from the Manchester Bombing has had on her brain. "I found it informative and interesting and wanted to encourage y'all to make sure you check on your brains/listen to your bodies/take care of yourselves, too," Ari wrote. "I love science and seeing the physical reality of what's going on in there was incredible to me."
"Someday, when I'm feeling ready or when I'm more healed up, we can talk more about it," Ari continued. "I am constantly working on my health/learning how to process pain (aren't we all)."
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