Wayne Brady Shares His Personal Struggles With Depression
The world is still mourning the loss of Robin Williams to depression, and now another Emmy-award winning comedian has come forward to speak about his own struggles with the condition. Wayne Brady, best known from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Wayne Brady Show, and Let’s Make a Deal, sat down with Entertainment Tonight reporter Nischelle Turner to talk about his recent struggles.
For many it may be a surprise to hear that Brady, who is typically all smiles on air, could have a long running fight with depression. Even his friends, who include Turner, say they had no idea. “People are like, ‘Wayne Brady’s always happy!'” he says. “No I’m not. Because I’m human.”
“Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life … You don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness,” he explains. “You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.'”
Brady’s struggle serves as a sobering reminder that depression is often one of the most deeply hidden illnesses, and that it can strike anyone. Many who have experienced depression in their life speak about wearing “masks” or feeling as if they should hide their struggles out of shame – sentiments echoed by Brady. But, as Brady shows, the stigma is slowly being reversed as more and more people remove the mask and seek help with the condition plaguing their lives.
You can watch the interview with Brady here.