Louisa Johnson has revealed that she went into rehab earlier this year.
Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the former X Factor winner bravely confessed to her 800,000 followers that she had been in rehab for trauma, depression and anxiety.
Speaking out on World Mental Health Day, the singer, 23, shared numerous candid snaps and detailed the ‘painful and liberating’ experience in a lengthy caption.
Brave: Louisa Johnson, 23, has revealed that she went into rehab earlier this year
Louisa wrote: ‘Healing is notttttt linear. Guys I’m not even gonna lie I am well scared to post this but whoooooo caresssssss.. I just want to try and help xxx
‘Vulnerability is your power as I try and remind myself not everyone needs to know everything, but this is a huge part of my life and my growth.
‘I’ve been reflecting as it’s mental health awareness day, as a society we’ve come sooo far and I feel so proud of it.
‘I love how many people are talking and starting difficult conversations, it’s so important, when we dig deeper and make deeper connections I think we start to realise that we are all the same deep down or we can connect with each other in one way or another, it makes us feel less alone.
Revealing all: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the former X Factor winner bravely confessed to her 800,000 followers that she had been in rehab for trauma, depression and anxiety
Honest: The singer shared numerous candid snaps and detailed the ‘painful and liberating’ experience in a lengthy caption
‘Earlier this year I went to rehab for trauma, depression & anxiety and I wasn’t really ever gonna share my experience until recently, I’m actually so proud of my journey so why wouldn’t I talk about it?
‘& thank God for professionals who dedicate their lives to helping people, and helping to make sense of trauma. We all go through it and we all need a little bit of extra help from time to time.
‘I’d hope that this can help people see that there’s much more to people than what the surface shows (Instagram, social media, even when you bump into someone in the street).’
Detailing her time in rehab, Louisa wrote: ‘It was the most life changing, eye opening, painful, liberating experience of my f**king life!
Real talk: Detailing her time in rehab, Louisa wrote: ‘It was the most life changing, eye opening, painful, liberating experience of my f**king life!’
‘And I will always try my best to encourage others to reach out and ask for help. I understand it’s difficult. I’ve been sad, lonely, unhappy and hurting and I didn’t want to stay there.
‘Ahhh god I’ll say it again I’m so proud of my journey I’ve had the weirdest / best year of my life but I’ve been the happiest version of myself. Everyday I’m growing as a person and it’s really hard to constantly show up and choose yourself 24/7!
‘I have and continue to learn so much everyday about life and myself and I know things have taken such a long time to be ready but will always put me first.’
Raw and real: ‘I’ve been sad, lonely, unhappy and hurting and I didn’t want to stay there’ admitted Louisa
Healing: The singer also revealed that she has written songs about what she’s been through
The singer concluded her lengthy message by revealing that she has written songs about what she’s been through.
She penned: ‘I’m also soooo excited to share my music about my experiences with you I just hope you love it.
‘I’m proud of anybody trying & anybody speaking about their pain. Everything is temporary xxx.’
Flowers and cards: Louisa included photographs of flowers and hand-written notes
Back in August 2019, Louisa told MailOnline that she doesn’t like to describe keeping her mental health in check as ‘coping’ but confessed that she does experience ‘moments when I feel like I’m never going to be okay.’
She said: ‘To be honest I don’t actually use the word coping because I think it’s not actually a good thing to cope because coping is not enjoying life it’s just getting through each day, it’s pretty bad to live like that.
‘When you’re struggling with those things whatever it is; anxiety, depression – I’ve literally felt it all – on those days I just think the best thing to do is keep your family close or keep whoever knows and understands you closest to you.
Daily affirmations: The star showed how she covers her mirror in pink sticky notes baring positive daily affirmations and love hearts
‘I completely have those people around me and I think it’s important to find those people. I do get moments when I feel like I’m never going to be okay, but the minute you find those people, you feel better.
‘I think the best thing to do is just listen to yourself, if you need a day, (or you need to be yourself for that day) do it, feel it don’t just brush it off and get up and struggle through the day and cry.
‘It’s really important to listen to your body and that’s what I’ve learnt, over the past year I’ve really listened to it and it does help.’
Pain is temporary: ‘I’m proud of anybody trying & anybody speaking about their pain. Everything is temporary xxx’ concluded the singer
The X Factor star also revealed that she’d been having therapy to help manage depression and anxiety, and when asked about the professional help she’d received, Louisa didn’t hesitate in detailing her experiences.
She explained: ‘Yeah I have, I’ve had pretty much everything really, I’ve had like therapy, counselling, I’ve had counselling since I’ve been at school, and then the past few years I’ve just had therapy.
‘I think it’s important for everyone to have some kind of therapy. I think it’s important to talk and just explain how your feeling.
‘And when other people understand it and when other people relate that the best feeling because you feel like you not on your own.’
Backlash: Louisa’s rehab admission comes after an announcement in July that The X Factor has been cancelled, much to the delight of contestants including Katie Waisell (pictured) and Jedward, who reacted by discussing the awful treatment that they received behind-the-scenes
Louisa’s rehab admission comes after an announcement in July that The X Factor has been cancelled after 17 years.
The news was met with delight by contestants including Katie Waisell, 35, and Jedward, 29, who reacted by discussing the shocking treatment that they received behind-the-scenes.
Hot on the heels of the news, the Irish twins, who shot to fame on the show in 2008, penned: ‘Xfactor has been axed Mission Complete’, while Katie, who appeared in 2010, shared the MailOnline’s news alert and wrote: ‘Journey for justice’.
Katie, earlier this year, claimed she was sexually assaulted by somebody on the X Factor team, years after appearing on the show while Jedward have been open in their criticism of the show.
The decision to axe the show came hot on the heels of former contestants hitting out against the British music industry for ‘exploiting’ and treating them like ‘cattle’ since their overnight rise to fame.
2010 X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, 35, has called for an urgent parliamentary inquiry to help protect young and emerging artists, and an independent tribunal to hold those responsible for poor treatment within the industry.
Fellow contestant Cher Lloyd, 27, had also hit out at the industry and claimed she was also poorly treated.
Discussing her alleged assault, Katie said the incident happened in the US when she met the person to talk about recording work.
The singer said if she could change the past, she would never have appeared on the singing contest.