Big Sean Opens Up About Depression & Anxiety: "I Never Really Took the Time to Nurture Myself"

“It took me a lot of depression having a lot of anxiety to realize something was off.”
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No one is immune to burning out. 

In a new interview with Billboard, Big Sean explains why postponing his spring tour served as a necessary reboot for the artist, allowing him to make his music “the best it's ever sounded.”

“[I] had some things to work out in my head,” he said. “I never really took the time out to nurture myself, to take care of myself. It took me a lot of depression having a lot of anxiety to realize something was off. I've been getting myself together, getting my mind right. So I have been taking better care of myself and...not only am I bringing my best self to the music but I'm bringing my best self to the table, to my city, to my fans, to the people who are about me.”

While fans were understandably upset that Sean’s tour was canceled, nothing is more important than physical and mental health. Good on Sean for realizing he needed to step back and take care of himself. Disgruntled fans will only be more inflamed if the music stops coming, or gets markedly worse, which, as we can gather from Sean’s statement, was close to being the case.

Celebrity, student, trapped in a 9-to-5—we’re all people, and we all get worn down. Sometimes our stressors overtake us to the point where we struggle to get to the root of our issues. The harried life of an artist can produce the same moods and temperaments as a bout of depression or a panic attack, but once the dust settles, there’s an opportunity to realize these feelings are not merely circumstantial.

Big Sean opening up about his depression and the necessary steps he took to take care of himself could serve as a worthy call to action for fans who may be in the same boat.