KUALA LUMPUR: Singer and actress Mimi Fly revealed recently that she had been battling with depression for the past 18 months since her divorce.
“Honestly, my life was totally upside down for a year-and-a-half after my divorce. Looking back, I was losing my temper over the slightest of things and I didn’t want to go out and preferred sleeping for long hours all the time.
“I was thinking hard on how I had become this way since I am not normally like this. Then I came to the realisation that I was perhaps feeling depressed without knowing it.
“I had to see a therapist to get treatment. Initially, it was very hard but I had to muster the strength to seek professional help. I really needed someone to listen to my troubles,” said the former member of One Nation Emcees in a news report yesterday.
Mimi was previously married to Mohd Firdaus Hajar, who was also the manager of One Nation Emcees, for about two years before they officially called it quits.
The Kota Kinabalu-born artiste said that she had kept the dark episode festering deep within her for the past 18 months.
“No one knew what I was holding inside me for that period. I’m the type of person who doesn’t enjoy sharing personal problems.
“I look at Mama who is a single mother in a wheelchair but she remains strong in the face of life’s challenges. I’m her daughter, so I must be strong like her.
“Because of this, I have never been one to ask for help, but as time went by, I began to see a need to seek help from others,” she said.
The star of Klip 3GP added that things were turning out for the better now and she had been able to pick up the pieces and move on with her life.
“I am happy living my life now. I have been able to focus on myself, my family and my career. My former husband had managed my career then, so I needed to start again from zero when we split.
“Praise be to God, I have found a new manager who is able to nurture and support my career. I am also closer to my family now,” she said.
The Superfly singer added that she was working on being a better person and someone who could find happiness by being on her own.
“The divorce was a turning point in my life. I take marriage very seriously but I never thought that it would end with a divorce. Honestly, the divorce was the biggest decision I’ve ever made in my life.
“Although I was down for a while, I’ve managed find myself again. Since then, I’ve become strong. From a positive angle, whatever happens in life only serves as a lesson in maturity. We can’t point fingers at others.
“I began to take care of myself since last year. Thankfully, I am now calm and feeling happy. I’ve started dieting, fasting, exercising, practising muay thai and taking care of my health,” she said.
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