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Janet Jackson is adding her name to the list of celebrities who have spoken candidly about their own struggles with depression. The 52-...

Janet Jackson on Her 'Intense' Struggle with Depression — and How She Found Happiness

Janet Jackson is adding her name to the list of celebrities who have spoken candidly about their own struggles with depression.

The 52-year-old singer appears on the July/August edition of Essence — dubbed “The Happiness issue” — and tells the magazine about her own journey to finding her joy through the years.

“When it comes to happiness, I’m no expert,” Jackson writes in the feature story. “I have only my life experience as a guide. I’ve known great happiness and great sadness.”

Using that life experience, Jackson remembers the highs and lows she was experiencing throughout various decades of her life, beginning with her childhood.

“I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love,” she says. “But I wasn’t happy with the way I looked…”

Jackson’s teenage years found the source of her joy coming from performing as well, though looking back, she sees bigger things were at play. “Happiness came when people asked me to perform… but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself,” she says. “An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can…’”