Bebe Rexha opens up about living with bipolar disorder

”I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore. That is all. (Crying my eyes out.),” Rexha tweeted last year.

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Bebe Rexha arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Bebe Rexha arrives for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in January.

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Bebe Rexha is opening up about living with bipolar disorder.

In an interview withSelfmagazine, the singer, 30, described having a breakdown after learning that she had bipolar I disorder, whichcauses manicepisodes that last at least 7 days and depressive episodes that last at least two weeks, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

“It did kind of (expletive) me up for a little bit,” Rexha said in the interview published Tuesday. “I was very fearful… I didn’t want to think there was something wrong with me.”

She also talked about her decision to reveal her diagnosis with her fans, which she didon Twitter in April 2019.

“I felt like me opening up to my fans was me finally saying, ‘I’m not going to be imprisoned by this,’ “ she explained. “And maybe it’ll make somebody not feel imprisoned, in that moment, if they feel like they’re going through a rough time. That’s why I decided to really open up and to free myself from that.”

She continued about feeling fearful about opening up: “It’s the war you have inside your head: Will it affect my career? Will people judge me? Will they want to work with me?”

In her 2019 tweet, Rexha wrote:”For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so sick. 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.”

Shecontinued,”I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore. That is all. (Crying my eyes out.)”

Rexha is also bringing her mental health into her music, reciting lyrics to the track “Break My Heart Myself” from her upcoming album.

“It goes like, ‘Hello, my name is Stevie / Actually, I’m lying. It’s really Bebe. / It’s the meds. They make me really sleepy. / Klonopin, my friend, yeah, she numbs the feeling,’” Rexha told the magazine.

Read more at usatoday.com.

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