J Balvin Talks to Becky G About His Battle With Depression: "I Didn't Want to Live"
J Balvin recently spoke to Becky G on her Amazon Music podcast En La Sala, and got candid about his battle with depression. "I was just crying for no reason. I didn't want to wake up. I didn't even want to live," the Colombian reggaetonero said.
On the podcast, licensed therapist and speaker Adriana Alejandre also offered her insight. "I want to say that therapy can be liberating," she explained. "Know that there is strength in vulnerability."
The "Mi Gente" singer shared that depression turned his world upside down and made him feel unmotivated. "I quit my career. I told my dad, 'I'm out of music. I cannot live like this,'" he recalled. "Because it's a sickness." Balvin has previously talked about his battle with anxiety and how he feels that meditation saved his life.
For the full interview, tune in to the En La Sala podcast on Wednesday. Becky G — who has also been transparent about having a hard time emotionally during the coronavirus pandemic — offers J Balvin support and assures fans that mental health struggles are "real" and shouldn't be overlooked.
"I feel so proud of what we accomplished this season of En La Sala," the podcast's producer Diana Dotel, CEO for Gema Productions and MTW Agency, tells People CHICA. "Our goal was to raise awareness of the important topics and issues that affect our Latino community, and we did just that. Seeing the engagement of fans and their positive response to the show has been amazing, and we are looking forward to growing En La Sala to continue amplifying the Latino voice, so stay tuned!"