Brandy Reveals She Once Contemplated Suicide

Brandy bravely opens up about her mental health.

In a candid interview with People published Wednesday, the “Borderline” singer reveals her history with depression and admits that she once contemplated suicide during a low point in her life.

Though she felt “pure joy” early in her career, the singer later went through a period of depression following a series of failed relationships, as well as a 2006 car accident that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman. (Brandy settled out of court with the woman’s family and was not criminally charged.)

The 41-year-old admits that these painful events drove her to contemplate suicide.

“I remember laying in bed super depressed,” she told the outlet. “I [told] myself, ‘So, you’re just going to go out like this?’”

However, the musician was unable to go through with the act because of the love she had for her daughter, Sy'rai, now 18, whom she shares with producer Robert Smith.

She told herself, “That’s wack. You have a daughter. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for her, because this is not the way to leave a mark in her life.”

Additionally, Brandy credits Sy'rai with helping her cope with these moments of darkness.

“If Sy'rai wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be either,” she admitted. “The place that I was in, it just felt like I wasn’t going to make it through.”

As for her new album, “B7,” released last month, Brandy admits that the LP’s vulnerability initially caught her off guard.

“I was thinking, ‘Did I go too deep? Did I go too far in what I was singing about?’ But I didn’t dwell on those thoughts,” she said.

These days, the songstress is in a positive space with help from therapy, meditation, journaling, and her faith.

“I’m in a place now where I can be proud of moving in the right direction,” she said.

Last week, Brandy revealed to ET’s Kevin Frazier that she is “in talks” to star in a reboot of “Moesha.”

“I am in talks right now with the right people for that to happen. I don’t see it not happening, because of the success on Netflix,” she said. “It just makes sense. I mean, I wanted to see what Moesha was up to.”

In the meantime, fans can stream the iconic show, about a high school student living with her family in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, on Netflix.


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