Top Ten Best Celebrities Who Have Experienced Depression

The Top Ten
1 J.K. Rowling Joanne Rowling, CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film and television producer and screenwriter best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.

She chose her pen name J.K. Rowling because she was concerned that if she used her real name, people might not buy her book, believing it was written by a woman.

Apparently, she fought off depression and thoughts about suicide. The famous dementors in her books were based on that.

Yes! Finally, someone else understands why she created the dementors! Everyone at my Baltimore school has no idea.

2 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War and succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery,... read more

In his writings, he talked about his depression and how he got through it. He is one of the most well-known historical figures of all time. He relied on loved ones and doctors to help him manage his depression.

Really?! Lincoln is my role model, and I struggle with depression, so it's amazing to find out that he did too! And he pulled through it amazingly!

I can't believe that our founding father struggled with depression. Thank you to the creator of this list for bringing this fact to light.

3 Dwayne Johnson Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.

I think Dwayne should be first because he is easily the most recognizable face on here.

Don't worry, he has completely gotten over the severe depression he experienced during his early football career.

4 Katy Perry Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, professionally known by her stage name Katy Perry, was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and an ambassador on one of the most popular companies of now, UNICEF... read more

Surprisingly, depression is common among singers, and Katy Perry was one of the many singers who became sad.

5 Jim Carrey James Eugene "Jim" Carrey is a Canadian American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He is well known for comedic roles in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask , Dumb and Dumber, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, Liar Liar, How the Grinch Stole Christmas,... read more

This probably surprises everyone, but the very cheerful actor actually has lots of problems with depression.

I wish Robin Williams could have stayed longer on this planet with Jim Carrey. Both seem like great people.

You would never know that such a cheerful, upbeat, funny guy was really depressed.

6 Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

On the start of her career, she performed at an event called the Lollapalooza Festival during 2007 whereby a record label company Interscope found her due to her performance... read more
7 Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce... read more

Eminem experienced depression? I don't know who added him to this list or if it is true, but I can't believe I didn't know, as I am a big fan of this outstanding rapper.

Mainly why I think Eminem doesn't deserve all the hate.

Man, the king of rap is at tenth? Wow, this is stupid. He should easily be first, bro.

8 Buzz Aldrin

Even being the second man on the moon didn't stop this celebrity from having depression.

9 Michael Phelps Michael Fred Phelps II (born June 30, 1985) is an American former competitive swimmer and the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23), Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic... read more
10 Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. He died in 2014.

His suicide in 2014 shocked everyone, but what barely anyone knew was that he had struggled with depression for years before his death.

The Contenders
11 Chester Bennington Chester Charles Bennington (March 20th, 1976 - July 20th, 2017) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known for being the lead singer of Linkin Park. Before he was known for Linkin Park, Bennington was the lead singer of post-grunge act Grey Daze who was heavily inspired by Stone... read more
12 Kristen Bell Kristen Anne Bell is an American actress and singer. She began her acting career by starring in stage productions and attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York. Bell played the lead role in Frozen, and has also starred in Veronica Mars, Heroes, Gossip Girl, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall
13 Greta Thunberg
14 Princess Diana Diana, Princess of Wales (born Lady Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 - 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex... read more
15 Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II (born June 9, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor... read more

Wow, I can't believe I didn't know he experienced depression!

16 XXXTencaion Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy (January 23, 1998 - June 18, 2018), known professionally as XXXTentacion, and often referred to as X, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and criminal.

Do you know the story of Jocelyn Flores? She was XXX's girlfriend and he was really struggling with depression and suicide. When Jocelyn came to visit him, she tragically took her own life, which exacerbated his struggles. Tragically, right when XXX finally recovered from his depression, he was killed by bank robbers. Rest in peace.

17 Juice WRLD Jarad Anthony Higgins (December 2, 1998 – December 8, 2019), known professionally as Juice Wrld (pronounced "juice world"; stylized as Juice WRLD), was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is considered to be a leading figure in the emo-rap and SoundCloud rap genres which garnered mainstream... read more

I am like his number one fan! I have heard all of his songs many times and love them all. It was so sad and horrible when he passed away. Rest in peace, Juice. Never forget.

That's why he did drugs, and that's why he overdosed, and that's why he died.

18 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American... read more

He was the most depressed person to have ever lived!

19 Shirley Jackson
20 Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking... read more
21 Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
22 Elton John Sir Elton Hercules John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight; 25 March 1947) is an English singer, pianist and composer. Collaborating with lyricist Bernie Taupin since 1967 on more than 30 albums, John has sold over 300 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He has... read more
23 Tyler Joseph Tyler Robert Joseph is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and rapper. He is best known as the lead vocalist and keyboardist for American musical duo Twenty One Pilots.
24 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1987, he started the grunge band Nirvana, which became one of the most successful bands ever. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his... read more
25 Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin ( 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary biology. His proposition that all species of life have descended from a common ancestor is now widely accepted and considered a fundamental... read more
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