Bridgerton actress Ruby Barker has let her fans know that she has been prioritizing her mental health after recently being hospitalized.
In an Instagram video posted on Thursday (May 26), the 25-year-old shared that she is currently receiving treatment at a hospital since feeling “really unwell for a long time,” before receiving a proper diagnosis, which she chose not to disclose.
Barker made her debut on Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix show Bridgerton as Marina Thompson during the Season 1 premiere in 2020.
“Mental health week is every week for me. Off my chest. I feel like I’ve not been completely honest so this is for my followers,” she captioned her IG post. “Time to be transparent. I’ve been struggling since Bridgerton, this is the truth. Thank you all for supporting me, your love holds me up. #mentalhealthawareness.”
“I am better,” Barker said starting out the video.
“I just want to be honest with everybody, I have been struggling,” she continued. “So, I'm in the hospital at the minute, I'm gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life and I'm gonna take a little bit of a break from myself.”
Barker explained that was once “rage-filled, frustrated [and] angry,” prior to seeking help “for all this intergenerational trauma bundled up” inside her further sharing that she “was carrying the weight of the world on my back.”
“And now, I'm at a point where I have a diagnosis, and I will talk to you about that at another time. But I have a diagnosis, and I am relinquishing myself and forgiving myself and drawing a line in the sand. I can't carry on the way that I've been carrying on. I need to change. So, that's what I'm trying to do," she said.
Barker also thanked Rhimes, executive producer of Bridgerton and Netflix, "for giving me an opportunity, for saving me," she shared.
“I cannot wait to fulfill all of my engagements and to have a good career and a good life. Because I do not want my diagnosis to be a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Barker added. “I want to survive and I will survive, and I'm going to. And so are you. That's the beauty of it, so are you. If you're with me, you're in good hands.”
If you or someone you know needs mental health help, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.