“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” Williams, 37, said while guest co-hosting The Talk on Wednesday.
The singer says when she confessed her mental illness to Matthew Knowles — Beyoncé’s father and the group’s manager at the time — he was baffled.
“When I disclosed it to our manager [Mathew Knowles] at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal.
You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’”
“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,’” she continued, adding, however, that her dark thoughts only deepened “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out” [from the group].
It wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she realized she was suffering from depression.
“I think at the age of 25, had I had a name to what I was feeling at the time, I would have disclosed that ‘I’ve been suffering from depression,’” she said, revealing her war with the illness began when she was only 13-years-old.