He’s reaching out! Just one day after Ariana Grande opened up on Instagram, sharing a quote from Jim Carrey about what it’s like to live with depression, the comedian himself spoke up. On April 21, he reached out to the singer over Twitter to share more information about the “deep rest” concept she’d posted about. “You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest,'” read the Truman Show star’s quote that Ari shared online. “Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.”
In response, Jim told Ari, “I read your lovely mention of me and things I’ve said about depression. A brilliant teacher and friend, Jeff Foster, was OG on the ‘Deep Rest’ concept. I admire your openness. I wish you freedom and peace. I feel blessed to have such a gifted admirer. Happy Easter!” He also shared a photo with more background on the subject. “We can choose to view depression not as a mental illness but as a state of Deep Rest, a spiritual exhaustion that we enter into when we are de-pressed (pressed down) by the weight of the false self, the mask, the mind-made story of ‘me.'”
.@ArianaGrande I read your lovely mention of me and things I’ve said about depression. A brilliant teacher and friend, Jeff Foster was OG on the “Deep Rest” concept. I admire your openness. I wish you freedom and peace. I feel blessed to have such a gifted admirer. Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/BiMa6KHYb6
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) April 22, 2019
Of course, the 25-year-old singer promptly freaked out when she saw that one of her idols had not just seen what she’d said, but actually written back. “I can’t process this or breathe; hold on,” she wrote on Twitter on April 22. After collecting herself, she continued, “Thank [you] so much for your kindness. I don’t think [you] understand how much I adore [you] or what [you] mean to me. Thank [you] for taking the time to share this [with] me. You are such an inspiration. I can’t wait to tattoo this tweet to my forehead. Sending you lots of love & all things happy.”
thank u so much for your kindness. 🖤 i don’t think u understand how much i adore u or what u mean to me. thank u for taking the time to share this w me. you are such an inspiration. i can’t wait to tattoo this tweet to my forehead. sending you lots of love & all things happy. 🌫 https://t.co/bsCCdCx39D
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) April 22, 2019
This isn’t the first time in recent months that Ari has discussed her mental health online. Just a few days earlier, she admitted that performing her songs can be “hell” and that it brings back all of the deep emotions she felt while writing the songs. “Performing it is like reliving it all over again,” she confessed on April 18. She also admitted that touring isn’t healthy and has been very hard.
“I have [so much] on my mind, and it’s so heavy and no energy to process or work [though] any of it, but I’m trying hard,” she shared. Of course, there’s also the PTSD she likely has after dealing with a terrorist attack at one of her concerts as well as other personal struggles. The star has received public support from family, friends, and fans alike — but seeing it from someone she idolizes and who has dealt with similar health struggles must be something different entirely.
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