Wayne Brady Shares His Personal Struggles With Depression

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Image courtesy of WME Entertainment

Image courtesy of WME Entertainment

The world is still mourning the loss of Robin Williams to depression, and now another Emmy-award winning comedian has come forward to speak about his own struggles with the condition. Wayne Brady, best known from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Wayne Brady Show, and Let’s Make a Deal, sat down with Entertainment Tonight reporter Nischelle Turner to talk about his recent struggles.

For many it may be a surprise to hear that Brady, who is typically all smiles on air, could have a long running fight with depression. Even his friends, who include Turner, say they had no idea. “People are like, ‘Wayne Brady’s always happy!'” he says. “No I’m not. Because I’m human.”

“Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life … You don’t want to move, you can’t move in the darkness,” he explains. “You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.'”

Brady’s struggle serves as a sobering reminder that depression is often one of the most deeply hidden illnesses, and that it can strike anyone. Many who have experienced depression in their life speak about wearing “masks” or feeling as if they should hide their struggles out of shame – sentiments echoed by Brady. But, as Brady shows, the stigma is slowly being reversed as more and more people remove the mask and seek help with the condition plaguing their lives.

You can watch the interview with Brady here.

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2 Responses to “Wayne Brady Shares His Personal Struggles With Depression”

  1. Shirley January 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    I was devasted to hear about this. Wayne is so handsome ,funny and talented. I hope he can overcome this struggle and have nothing but happiness. I am a widow and have a certain amount of depression but, the highlight of my day, is watching Let’s Make A Deal. Hang in there Wayne from a big admirer. God Bless You !

  2. Monica Clarke March 14, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Shirley said she was devastated cause Wayne is so handsome,funny & talented. All of those things don’t keep a person from real life. You said you had your own struggles with depression so I’m not sure why you found it so hard to believe. When it comes down to it famous people are just like us human beings. I have been dealing with depression for many years myself. What’s so adorable about Wayne is that he no longer is hiding & putting on that mask. Thanks Wayne for opening up & sharing your story with the world. I definitely identify on so many levels. God Bless you & your family. Shirley God bless

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