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Bella Hadid Candidly Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles: 'There Is Always Light At The End Of The Tunnel'

Nov. 9 2021, Published 3:26 p.m. ET

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Bella Hadid is getting real about her mental health journey.

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On Tuesday, November 9, the 25-year-old shared a heartfelt post to her Instagram account where she revealed the truth behind her own battle with mental illness.

The tearful post featured a series of distressed selfies showing the model sobbing at different points in time, which she described as “pretty much my everyday.”

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Hadid started off her post with a clip of a Willow Smith interview, where the 21-year-old singer talked about anxiety and “not feeling good enough.”

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“That feeling of thinking that you’re not good enough or being insecure about your art — is natural — but at the same time, I feel like it’s taught,” Smith says in the re-posted clip.

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Hadid copied the message into her own post, quoting, “All humans are different, every single human has something so special and unique to offer. And people forget that everyone is basically feeling the same way: lost, confused, not really sure why they’re here. That anxiety, like, everyone is feeling that — and trying to cover it up in some way.”

“We’re gonna come together in our flaws. In our insecurities, in our joy, in our happiness, and accept it all as beautiful and natural,” the quote concluded.

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Hadid then penned her own message, revealing: “This is pretty much my every day, every night for a few years now.”

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“Social media is not real. For anyone struggling, please remember that,” she wrote on Tuesday. “Sometimes all you’ve gotta hear is that you’re not alone.”

“So from me to you, you’re not alone,” she continued. “I love you, I see you, and I hear you. Self help and mental illness/chemical imbalance is not linear and it is almost like a flowing rollercoaster of obstacles…it has its ups and downs, and side to sides.”

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Through the difficult message, the supermodel also took the time to leave her followers with a glimmer of hope, writing: “I want you to know, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the rollercoaster always comes to a complete stop at some point. (There is always room for it to start up again, but for me it’s always been nice to know that even if it’s a few days, weeks, or months, it does get better, to some extent, even for a moment.)”

“I’ve had enough breakdowns and burnouts to know this: if you work hard on yourself, spending time alone to understand your traumas, triggers, joys, and routine, you will always be able to to understand or learn more about your pain and how to handle it. Which is all that you can ask of yourself,” she added.

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“Anyways. Not sure why but it feels harder and harder to not share my truth on here. Thank you for seeing me and thank you for listening,” she concluded. “I love you.”

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Hadid’s social media post about her experience with mental health issues comes on the heels of her older sister Gigi Hadid’s breakup with baby daddy Zayn Malik.

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Last month, reports began surfacing that the former boy bander allegedly struck his daughter’s grandmother, Yolanda Hadid, in a heated altercation.

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Malik, 28, pled “no contest” to the allegations, meaning that he accepted the charges without admitting guilt.

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