Iggy Azalea Talks Anxiety

By David Konow 01/10/19

The Aussie rapper opened up about anxiety on social media.

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Iggy Azalea discusses feeling anxiety about her new album

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is one of many celebrities who talks about her anxiety on social media.

In the last several months, she’s made several confessions about being antsy, and in the new year, she’s opened up about her struggles again, this time with a good combination of humor and optimism.

In the new year, Azalea revealed on Twitter that she’s moving as well as wrapping up her new album, “[which] is giving me anxiety. But; the good kind? Sorta.”

Yet as she also tweeted, “All my life I’ve never been scared to fall in heels because I know I have cankles & you can’t break me.”

Like many celebrities, social media can be a double-edged sword for Azalea. Several months ago she explained on her Instagram story that public scrutiny of her love life “gives me crazy anxiety and makes me feel like I can’t have normal in passing conversations with people because everything ends up being some ‘story’ for the internet.”

At the same time, Azalea has also used social media as a way to deal with anxiety. Earlier this year she posted on Twitter, “Say what you want about me posting pictures on instagram but honestly, it gives me something else creative i can focus on  . . . when sometimes im in a dark place or i feel stagnant . . . and maybe it’s silly, but it really has been helping me lately to feel more positive and just keep my mind in a creative space constantly thinking of new visual things and color palates. Im really glad ive got something i can do without needing permission.”

Azalea has been open with the public about her mental health struggles in the past, telling Billboard that she was inspired by Demi Lovato to get help. She’s also written a song about her mental challenges, “Savior,” which she performed live as a duet with Lovato.

Yet as she heads into the new year, Azalea feels a lot more optimistic about her future and is “excited” because she signed “my new deal/partnership! 2.7 mil, can sign others, own my masters + 100% independent – I’m feeling like such a bossy grown ass b***h today!”

Her last tweet can be interpreted in several different ways, but perhaps it’s a message that she wants to concentrate on her mental wellness: “Time to get back to ME."

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