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- In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Cardi B opened up about her mental health.
- She said she suffered from postpartum depression after her daughter Kulture was born.
- She didn’t think it was going to happen, but out of nowhere “the world was heavy on my shoulders.”
- Cardi has spoken about her mental health in the past, including the anxiety of being a musician and coming out with top hits.
- She said she is “over” social media, and has taken a step back from it.
Cardi B recently spoke to Harpers Bazaar about everything from her turbulent relationship with rapper Offset to her nails in her “rags to riches” story.
She also opened up about her mental health, including that she suffered from postpartum depression after her daughter Kulture was born in July 2018.
“I thought I was going to avoid it,” she said. “When I gave birth, the doctor told me about postpartum, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing good right now, I don’t think that’s going to happen.’ But out of nowhere, the world was heavy on my shoulders.”
She also said she isn’t breastfeeding Kulture, who she calls KK, because it’s “too hard.”
“For some reason, I still don’t feel like my body’s the same,” Cardi said. “I feel like I don’t have my balance right yet. When it comes to heels, I’m not as good at walking anymore. I feel like I’m holding a weight on me. I don’t know why because I’m skinnier than I’ve ever been. But there’s an energy I haven’t gotten back yet that I had before I was pregnant. It’s just the weirdest thing.”
Cardi had to drop out of a tour with Bruno Mars soon after she gave birth.
“I thought that after giving my birth to my daughter that 6 weeks would be enough time for me to recover mentally and physically,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I also thought that I’d be able to bring her with me on tour, but I think I underestimated this whole mommy thing… Not only am I just not ready physically, I’m not ready to leave my baby behind since the doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.”
Mars responded with a “message for Cardi B” on Twitter, which said the “most important thing is you and your family’s health,” and “You are absolutely doing the right thing.”
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) July 27, 2018
Cardi said in the interview that she’s been spending less time on social media, and that responding makes things worse a lot of the time.
“I’m just over it,” she said. “I really don’t need it, and sometimes it just brings chaos to my brain.”
Earlier this week, Cardi posted a tweet saying “Anxiety is kicking my ass right now,” after performing at the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest and starring in the Pepsi Super Bowl commercial last weekend.
Anxiety is kicking my ass right now .
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) February 5, 2019
She received plenty of supportive comments, including messages from Missy Elliot and Sarah Silverman.
“You got this. Just exist,” Silverman wrote. “You’ll come out the other side I promise.”
Missy Elliot said: “Many people deal with this… I am one… it’s real.”
In 2018, Cardi spoke about her mental health on SiriusXM, comparing herself to “an animal in the zoo” and saying that making music at the beginning was fun and she wanted to be in the studio all the time.
“Now, I get anxiety when I go to the studio because everybody is like expecting some crazy magic from me,” she said.