Stormzy Opens Up About His Battle With Depression In Revealing Interview

"For me it was a realisation of how fragile we are as humans, in the most beautiful way possible"

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Whether his new album Gang Signs and Prayer will reach number one this week is not yet known, but whether it does or not, this is very much Stormzy's moment.

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In an interview with Channel 4, the 23-year old rapper spoke frankly about his experience with depression and the misconceptions he had previously held about mental health.

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"For me it was a realisation of how fragile we are as humans, in the most beautiful way possible," he said. "In the sense where I always saw myself as this strong person who just deals with life, I get on with it. And if something gets me low I pick myself back up. Like that happens, we march on, that's always been my philosophy.

"Even down to the point when one of my closest friends, who was suffering from it, I used to dismiss him. In… it wasn't even in a harsh way, I just used to think 'just be happy', d'you know what I mean? Just pull it together."

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He went on to explain that the reason he had chosen to reference his struggles with depression on the album: "What convinced me to talk about it was the fact that if there's anyone out there going through it, I think for them to see that I went through it would help."

"I always feel like I always come across confidently and happy and I've always made sure that I don't promote negative… I just present myself in a positive way so I can spread that. So people will be looking at me thinking I don't go through nothing So for me to just let people know, no I do. I do, I do go through that. I thought that was important for people to know that."

As you would expect, his statement prompted acclaim across social media, with many praising him for speaking so openly about such a prominent issue.

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