Take a bow, ladies.
Two of the world’s most successful female musicians have come together publicly to speak about their personal mental health struggles and subsequently play a small part in destigmatising the issue entirely.
Cardi B opened the conversation succinctly on Twitter, spurring on thousands of replies, including one from Elliot herself.
Anxiety is kicking my ass right now .— iamcardib (@iamcardib) February 5, 2019
The Bronx-native – whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar – tweeted, “Anxiety is kicking my ass right now,” Elliott responded by offering up her own feelings.
“Many people deal with this," she replied, before adding, "I am one… it’s real... Yes, it is a lot and I have things that trigger mines… it’s scary at times.”
Cardi has talked about anxiety before. Last April, she opened up about dealing with anxiety around making music and expectations of what it would sound like.
"Like, at first when I was doing music it was fun and I was so eager to get in the studio all the time," she told Sirius XM. "Now, I get anxiety when I go to the studio because everybody is like expecting some crazy magic from me."
She has also spoken candidly about her experience with depression.
Last November, she went on Instagram Live to open up about it, saying, "I’ve been very depressed because I cannot stop losing weight. And it’s so crazy because when I first gave birth, I did everything to lose my baby weight... I don’t like looking too skinny. I used to look too skinny as a teenager and I used to hate it and I hate it now. It’s been really depressing me, making me sad."
Elliott also chimed in with her experiences, opening up stress she felt ahead of her 2015 Super Bowl show.
“Nobody knew,” she told Billboard of being prescribed IV drips prior to the gig to calm her nerves.
“I said, ‘If I can get over this step, then I know all my dance steps will be on point’. I know it was nothing but the grace of God that lifted me up and took me through that performance.”