What J Balvin Revealed To Fans About His Mental Health

In November 2020, Latin artist J Balvin opened up to fans about the state of his mental health, and it wasn't the first time the "Mi Gente" singer got candid about mental health awareness. In June 2020, J Balvin penned an essay for People addressing the way he caters to his mental health and sharing how he practices mediation. 

"Meditation is about opening your mind to self-awareness," the singer wrote. "It's about understanding that your mind isn't just an idea — it's a living, breathing thing, something that needs to be cared for and looked after. Meditation is the act of mental hygiene. And meditation is something that — for as long as I have this big platform — I want to help promote to the world."

J Balvin's willingness to be open about how he prioritizes his mental health has reached more than just his fans. In September 2020, former Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello revealed to Time that the star had helped her through her own struggles. "During a period of intense anxiety, I saw his posts on Instagram talking about his struggle with anxiety and mental health, and I remember bursting out crying because I no longer felt alone...," she wrote.

Now, J Balvin is revealing struggles that have kept him off social media.

J Balvin suffers from anxiety and depression

J Balvin hopped on Instagram in November 2020 and tearfully shared his struggles with anxiety and depression in a series of Instagram Story videos. "Like any human being, I've had some challenges. This time it's anxiety and some depression," J Balvin revealed to his millions of Instagram followers (via USA Today). The Colombian singer spoke to fans in Spanish, sharing "I don't like acting or faking my happiness or that everything is perfect. I'm like any human being. I'm fragile and vulnerable, possibly more than all of you."

J Balvin assured fans that his days of being active on social media will return, despite the time off to focus on his mental health. "Soon, the storm will pass and I'll be back cracking jokes with you all," the singer said. "I'm not here to act, but to be real and share what I'm feeling in the moment."

This isn't the first time the Latin artist has shared his battle with anxiety and depression. Back in September 2019, he captioned a post, in part, "Yes! I suffer from anxiety and it IS NOT EASY," adding, "every warrior out there going through the same thing as me, go seek help, you are not crazy to seek a psychiatrist, seek help that mental health is a reality."

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, or call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).