Thank You for Being Honest, Catherine Zeta Jones

So I’m sure by now you ladies have heard the news. Catherine Zeta Jones has checked herself into a mental health facility for some much needed rest and relaxation.  Her reasons? She has type two bipolar disorder.
Don’t worry. I’m not going to gossip about this, say something witty, or even try to attempt to understand what she or her loved ones are going through right now. Instead, I’m just going to say thank you to Catherine Zeta Jones for doing the one thing so many celebrities have been unable to do: be honest.
Yes, she actually came out  and said it. The truth. The real reasons she needs help. She didn’t try to claim exhaustion or dehydration or dizziness. She didn’t try to claim anything at all. There was no PR plan. She didn’t try to cover it up or divert attention away from her issues or be anything less than completely open about the struggle she’s facing. She told the truth about exactly what she was going through, and the reasons why she was going through it.
Back in February Charlie Sheen claimed he was hospitalized for a stomach ulcer. Lindsay Lohan has often claimed she was heading off to rehab because of “exhaustion,” and so has Collin Farrell and Dave Chappelle. In the past, even Eminem has used a vague “medical issues” and left it at that. Celebs don’t tell the truth. They don’t give us the real reasons behind these hospitalizations and rehab stays. Why are they really getting help? Why do they really need help? For some we can guess the answers, and we’d probably guess right, but the possibilities can often seem so much worse than the realities. The possibilities let gossip magazines run stories with little truth to them, leave people without answers, and force speculation.
Hopefully by being up front about her issues Catherine Zeta Jones can avoid some of that, while also reminding people that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Because what she did takes courage. The media is not always nice to celebrities, even when they’re facing serious illnesses. She took a chance when she told the truth. She was straightforward and honest about her health and about the help she needed, and for that I thank her.

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