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Brandy Credits Her Daughter Sy'rai for Saving Her Life during Her Darkest Moment of Depression

Kareena Koirala
Aug 21, 2020
02:30 A.M.
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Singer Brandy is forever grateful to her daughter Sy'rai Smith who became her only ray of light when she thought she had no reason to go on with life.

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Singer Brandy has a million things to be grateful for in life. She is a Grammy-winning singer who has a successful career and she released her first album in 8 years in July this year.

She seems to have everything going on for her but Brandy does not always feel so. In fact, there was a time when she contemplated taking her own life.

Brandy Norwood attends the LA Pride Music Festival and Parade 2017. | Source: Getty Images

Brandy Norwood attends the LA Pride Music Festival and Parade 2017. | Source: Getty Images

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BRANDY'S ROLLERCOASTER LIFE

One might wonder what might have led the singer to be so done with life that she thought ending it was the only option for her. But just like any of her fans, she is only human whose life is filled with highs and lows.

Brandy has been through a great deal in life, especially in the past two decades that have been a complete rollercoaster ride for her. That is the reason why it took her so long to release "B7."

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The singer kicked off her career at the young age of 15 when she released her debut album in 1994. Four years later, she would win a Grammy for her hit duet with Monica, "The Boy Is Mine."

If it wasn't for Sy'rai, the world would have lost a gifted musician too soon.

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LOST IN THE LIMELIGHT

The 41-year-old singer talked to People about why she was not able to work on her craft all these years even though she seemingly had it all. She said:

"I was a little bit lost eight years ago musically, creatively, spiritually. I had to pull myself together, I had to pull it all together and make it all make sense."

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The "Moesha" star was a beloved public figure who was known for her sprightly, positive persona. Little did anyone know that the burden of fame was getting too heavy for her to bear.

As she continued to feel trapped by her perfect image, Brandy welcomed her daughter Sy'rai with her former partner, Robert Smith. She then decided to focus on raising her daughter.

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SHE FOUND A RAY OF LIGHT

In 2006, the singer hit another low point when she was involved in an accident that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman. That incident left a deep mark and she slowly slipped into depression and wondered if she should even live anymore.

If it wasn't for Sy'rai, the world would have lost a gifted musician too soon. The 18-year-old became her reason to stay alive and kept her from falling into an endless void.

Today, the singer feels like her life is back on track, all thanks to her daughter who is following in her footsteps to become a singer.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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