Wayne Brady has been making us laugh for decades. Yet, until recently, Brady kept quiet about his personal experience with depression.
Brady decided to open up about his mental illness after the tragic suicide of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. Brady said Williams’ untimely death made him realize it was important to speak openly about depression.
Brady had always looked up to the comedy icon as a personal hero. He also had the opportunity to work with Williams professionally. Williams’ suicide shook Brady to his core and moved him on a deeply personal level.
Williams’ talent was unparalleled, and he brought joy and laughter to countless people; yet, all the while, he was plagued by deep emotional pain. As Brady reflected, all the money, fame, and love from fans around the world weren’t enough to save Williams from his depression.
People tend to assume comedians are always happy, but that’s simply not the case. Comedians like Wayne Brady and Robin Williams may be talented and successful, but they’re still human beings.
Brady hopes that, by “coming out” about his depression, he can help others know that they are not alone.
Photo source: Wayne Brady at the SXSW Samsung Blogger Lounge by Nan Palmero