How Jennifer Lawrence stopped shying away from the media spotlight

No one on the planet understands the bewilderment of being in the public eye more than Jennifer Lawrence, the Oscar-winning actress who, since 2014, has found herself the subject of excruciating tabloid scrutiny — not because of her relationship with a younger director, or the fact that she reportedly has a penchant for scotch, but because of her mental health. She has admitted to struggling with eating disorders, and was hospitalized for an overdose in 2014. At the time, she explained her decision to take a break from the spotlight.

“What people don’t understand is that you can be a celebrity, and you can do whatever you want — and it’s your career and nobody has your back,” she told ITV’s Good Morning Britain in 2016. “But if you’re a celebrity, you also have other responsibilities, and those responsibilities should never come before your career or being healthy.

In a new interview with the New York Times, Lawrence further explains her rationale, echoing the sentiments of not only herself, but all her Hollywood peers — from Julia Roberts to Meryl Streep.

“I didn’t wanna be judged,” she said. “That was the biggest thing. Anytime I would go to a doctor, I didn’t want any of my questions asked about depression,” she continued. “I knew if I gave them any of my answers, they would look at me weird. Everybody had gotten sick of me, and I didn’t want that anymore.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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