Wayne Brady reveals his battle with depression
Emmy-winning comedian Wayne Brady revealed to Entertainment Tonight that he had “a complete breakdown” on his birthday due to a long, secret battle with depression.
Brady, who turned 42 back in June, said he knows the news may come as a shock to people who think of him as “upbeat.”
“Folks think, ‘Wayne Brady’s always happy,’” Brady said. “No, I’m not always happy, because I’m human.”
Brady indicated that he was breaking his silence on his struggles with depression due to Robin Williams’ recent suicide.
Williams was found dead after battling severe depression himself.
Brady explains the realization that he needed help at that moment, saying, “When I say breakdown, go ahead and imagine for yourself. Just a brother in his underwear, in his room crying. On that birthday was the beginning of ‘OK, I’ve got to make a change.’”
Brady credits his ex-wife Mandie Taketa for helping him turn his life around and face his illness.
After the interview aired, Brady tweeted: