Michelle Williams's faith has been flying strong these days and she is singing her heart out about her spiritual development in her latest album, Journey to Freedom. The title is a personal one as Williams has been open about battling depression and learning to shift her focus back on the things and people who truly matter to her. In a recent interview with Essence.com, the former Destiny's Child member opened up about how much she's grown since her days with the popular group, the role her faith has played in her life, and the hardships she's had to face.
"You never know what people are going through. They can have the best hair and makeup in the world, wear the most fabulous designer clothes, be at every red carpet event, but still be unhappy," Williams said. "And it's not because they are unhappy about what's going on, there's [just] something deeper going on and they're not fulfilled. If you notice [with] certain actors and entertainers, they make sure to appreciate the little things — whether its going to the beach with their children and getting an ice cream cone. It's like those things are much better than having to be on red carpets, talking to [reporters] who really don't care about you, they just need a story. You know what I mean? But if you're happy within yourself and have that solid foundation and you're healed of any hurts and everything — then that's when you can appreciate everything going on in your life."
Still, the singer said that her faith didn't falter during the rough days.
"No, I didn't lose faith. I probably stopped caring, which almost could have been a good thing or a bad thing. 'Cause I was always putting people first and feeling bad if I didn't, then I just stopped caring one day. I began to say 'no' to even family members. It was liberating," she said.
In addition to her strong belief system, Williams credits therapy and connecting with loved ones as part of her path to recovery. She's found maturity and strength since her Destiny's Child days and said that it's due to the obstacles and tests that have been placed before her.
"I had some amazing therapy, because see, sometimes what we do is we also isolate ourselves from people that do love us. It was like getting back connected with people that honestly love me. That's what really strengthened me again."
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