April 30, 2019
Pink is opening up about a traumatic and tragic loss she experienced when she was just a teenager. The singer, who released her new album “Hurts 2B Human” a few days ago, is using her platform to raise awareness of the importance of mental health.
Pink is known for her raw and ferocious intake on life and music. She’s been using her lyrics to share some of her most personal experiences and opinions with fans, and her newest album, “Hurts 2B Human,” is not an exception.
The new record sees an even more vulnerable Pink, who touches on subjects like anxiety, depression, her marriage, and self-image issues.
In the ballad “Happy,” the pop star sings "Since I was 17, I've always hated my body / and it feels like my body's hated me." The lyrics, she told USA Today, refer a miscarriage she had at that age.
“The reason I said [that] is because I've always had this very tomboy, very strong gymnast body, but actually at 17 I had a miscarriage,” she explained. “And I was going to have that child.”
“But when that happens to a woman or a young girl, you feel like your body hates you and like your body is broken, and it's not doing what it's supposed to do.”
The 39-year-old revealed she'd had more miscarriages after that first one, so for her, it is essential to talk about those shameful and painful experiences.
It took a while for Pink to heal from that experience. And it was five years later that her best friend and former assistant, Laura Wilson, convinced her to seek professional help and go to therapy. She has been seeing the same therapist for the past 17 years.
"Carey and I have been in couples counseling almost our entire 17 years that we’ve been together."
“I believe in self-confrontation and just getting things out," Pink says. "What I love about therapy is that they'll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that's uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.”
She also revealed that having a “healthy sense of humor” and being “extremely self-deprecating,” has allowed her to be honest and go to the darkest places with her music. “It's because I can laugh that I can cry so hard,” she stated.
In the same song, Pink also talks about her marriage with Carey Hart, stating that, although she’s been married since she was 22, she still struggles "to believe it's true. My head always messes up my heart, no matter what I do.”
“Carey and I have been in couples counseling almost our entire 17 years that we’ve been together,” Pink told Carson Daly in an interview for the “Today” show.
The pair have been together since 2001 and got married in 2006. Then, they split for a year in 2008 and got back together. They celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary earlier this year, and share daughter Willow Sage, 7, and son Jameson Moon, 2.
“We come from broken families, and we had no model for: How are we supposed to keep this family together and live this crazy life? And there’s no book that says, ‘Here’s how to do this.’ So we go to counseling, and it works,” she added.
On the same interview, Pink and Carson discussed the importance of getting rid of taboos around the subject of mental health issues.
The singer said she’s hopeful the conversation is expanding with more and more people talking about it, especially about anxiety, which is affecting many kids these days.
“For my generation, I feel like it was depression and suicide and suicide is super prevalent still, but now it’s like it comes from a place of anxiety,” she continued.
Pink candidly admitted she has been depressed and suffers from anxiety. “I over-think everything,” she said. “But what I do is I keep the right people around me, and I go to therapy,” she concluded.
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