Jessie James Decker has really opened up to reveal her struggles with anxiety, depression, and perhaps most surprisingly – body image.
The country singer may seem all too cool at first glance, but she shared it in an emotional post Instagram Thursday she has trouble keeping her head on her shoulders. She revealed:
“I’ve struggled for the past few years. It’s up and down. There have been some really nice, great moments, but also some pretty low lows. †
You never really know what someone is going through in private, especially in our age of social media – where everyone has learned to put on an impeccable facade, sometimes with real filters. Jessie explained that an impossibly perfect appearance is one of the reasons she decided to share her story:
“The reason I want to share this is because I think I got to a place where I tried to hide my vulnerabilities because if I always made everything look great, it would hide my internal struggles. I always have felt a duty to make people laugh and make them happy or laugh and always be that bubbly girl.”
So many can relate to that story!
The country star didn’t forget to mention some of the blessings in her life, as she added:
“I have a very blessed life with healthy children and an incredibly loving rock of a husband.”
The 34-year-old married former NFL wide receiver Eric Decker in 2013, with whom she shares three children, Vivianne† Ericand bunch†
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She’s also blessed with (and has worked hard for) the kind of body that gives her followers fitspiration — but the fitness regimen isn’t exactly coming from a completely healthy place. She revealed that part of the reason she experiences depression has to do with how she looks at her body:
“I’ve been battling some issues with my body image, and if I really think about it, I probably always have. I go from one extreme to an obsession with exercise and being muscular and thin, to just giving up and gaining weight because I feel better from eating and eventually it’s a cycle that just gets worse.
It’s hard enough for most people to struggle with these feelings – imagine being in the spotlight where everyone can comment on your appearance!
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time Jessie has openly admitted to struggling with the toxic side of social media, as she revealed in a since-deleted July 2021 post:
“It doesn’t feel right to be bullied, bullied, or torn apart.”
Such a pity.
And it seems like the problems just keep coming, as Jessie went on to explain in her Thursday post that she finds it hard to strike a balance between stepping outside the music industry and still being taken seriously as an artist:
“I’m constantly battling with the rest of the industry to prove to them that I’m not just a TV personality or an influencer, because that’s surpassed my music. As a woman in 2022 I don’t understand why I can’t start a family, publish books, own a fashion brand, be an influencer and make TV without being questioned if I take my music career seriously just because I chose to go big to dream.”
That’s a valid point… Why shouldn’t she have everything?
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The Eric & Jessie star then added that a few years ago she had to solve some private family problems that still affect her “greatly.” She could of course refer to her ongoing problems with her brother, John James, although it has not been confirmed. She explained that during the trouble a hate page on reddit developed that would tear her apart “constantly on a daily basis”. So much to deal with! She explained that because of all the hate, she sometimes “contemplates quitting everything and disappearing”.
We’ll hear from you!
Finally, she revealed that getting COVID and having to cancel shows made her feel like she was “letting down so many people” — and that it “sent her into a spiral of depression.” The poor girl has so much on her plate.
But in the end, she concluded her message on a hopeful note with a message directly to her fans:
“I know I’m not alone. And I wanted you to know that you’re not alone either. I work through it and navigate daily how to heal.”
See the full post (below):
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[Images via Jessie James Decker/Instagram]