“It’s hard not to fall into that weird hole of self-loathing”

SZA discussed the impact of the limelight and the pressures placed on her as an artist on her mental health, in an interview as part of The voice of the community series for Mental Health Awareness Month.

In the 100th episode of the series, SZA discussed the malicious nature of social media. Specifically, when referring to troll stories online, she said that it is difficult when negative comments are accompanied by insecurity.

“Sometimes it’s weird, when your personal thoughts and feelings align with some of the things people say about you,” she says. “It’s hard not to fall into that weird self-loathing pit.”

SZA thoroughly explained the “burnout” of working in the music industry, specifically mentioning the “pressure of dropping another album” and making sure her transactions “make sense.” means”. The singer’s last recording was ‘Ctrl’ in 2017.

“Physical exhaustion, mental exhaustion doesn’t come from making music. I love making music. I like to be creative. It’s my own source of therapy and meditation,” she explains.

“But real burnout comes from expectations, scolding, and condescension from outside forces. And it makes me feel like, ‘Why am I doing this? Why do I have to manually set up the body like this on a regular basis? ‘”

Elsewhere in the conversation, SZA discussed her experience at this year’s MET Gala, saying that at one point she “sneaked back,” and couldn’t get down the main steps to get out. place.

“I just crept a few blocks away and took a yellow taxi back to my hotel, because I was so overwhelmed. I was too nervous to wait for a taxi in front of the crowd. “

The conversation aired less than two weeks after the singer deleted her TikTok account during Mental Health Awareness Month, encouraging others to “turn off the internet” and “delete anyone and everyone which doesn’t serve you”.

Last month, SZA was announced as one of the headlines for this year’s Offshore event, which will take place in San Francisco this August. Last week, she was announced as part of this year’s Austin City Limits roster.

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Emma James

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