Zendaya Just Opened Up in a Big Way About Her Anxiety

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One of the things we love most about Zendaya is how totally real she is, all the time. Now, Zendaya is dropping truth about a very important topic: her personal struggles with anxiety. Even though Z is a stellar performer, one snafu left her anxious about singing live, she explained on her app.

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“I used to struggle with anxiety pretty bad. It only happened when I sang live, not when I danced or did any other live performances, and it stemmed from a bad experience I had while singing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2013,” Zendaya wrote. “It was one of my first live TV performances and my mic pack went out and I had to perform my song ‘Replay’ even though I couldn’t hear anything in my in-ear monitor. It wasn’t my best performance and I’ve never let myself live that down. I had mad anxiety ever since that.”

It’s so important for visible, incredible humans like Zendaya to normalize a discussion of mental health by talking about their own struggles with things like anxiety. Z also went on to share how she fought to overcome her anxiety about performing live.

“I DID figure out how to bury my anxiety, though. I’ve tried focusing my energy on other things, like making movies. And I took my time and slowly built my confidence back up before I went back out on stage to sing live,” she explained. “Luckily, when I performed ‘Let Me Love You’ with Mario on the show ‘Greatest Hits’ last year, it went really well. It was still a little nerve wracking, but it was cool. Sometimes you just have to take a step back so things stop stressin’ you.”

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So much applause to Z for sharing her story and continuing to inspire us all.

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Kayleigh Roberts
Kayleigh Roberts

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