Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Singer and Broadway diva Michelle Williams revealed recently that she suffers from depression and has been since she was a teenager.

The Destiny’s Child star, who recently joined the national tour of the Broadway musical Fela!, decided to share her struggle in hopes of helping others get through their own battles.

“We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it,” she said. “Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.”

Williams says she hasn’t taken medication to treat it and had to “choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.”

Look for Michelle to perform some of her biggest hits when she reunites with bandmates Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé in February for the Super Bowl Halftime show.