Megan Thee Stallion has shined more light into her vulnerable side when dealing with the anxiety that’s grown throughout her rising career.
While recently hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time, Megan fought back tears as she performed her song “Anxiety.” Like every legendary star that has come before her and appeared on this set, she opened the show with a comedic monologue where she discussed her passion for acting and how she navigated challenges while balancing her rap career and going to college. She’s always been a strong advocate for being a boss business woman and having an education. In her monologue she said, “Finishing college while pursuing a rap career is not easy, and I did that while putting out song after song and going on a world tour.” Soon after she joked, “So now I can go by another name: Megan Thee B*tch That Needs Some Sleep.”
After launching her free mental health resource website “Bad B*tches Have Bad Days Too” last month, the 27-year-old rapper has shed more light into the realities of how she’s dealing with fame and the loss of her parents. Fans have expressed how funny Megan can be when she posts jokes on her social media platforms, so her debut on SNL was anticipated to have great laughs. However, when she performed “Anxiety,” fans weren’t expecting to see Megan hold back tears when she referenced her late mother, Holly, who passed away in 2019 due to brain cancer. She showed that even with all the fame and the glamor, that she’s human too and that genuine kindness is something that’s rare to receive in this generation today.
Megan Thee Stallion took to her Twitter platform to share with her fans that she’s going to take a break for self-care. “Hotties I’m really sorry but after SNL I really gotta take a break. I’m so tired, physically and emotionally.”
I truly resonate with the song “Anxiety” due to my own anxiety that I constantly struggle with. The pressures of the world can feel so heavy and lonely, but I know that there’s better on the other side. Once a woman of high calabiler such as Megan Thee Stallion was able to publicly share her struggles of anxiety, I knew that struggling with this is nothing to be afraid of. I also realized that there are more people just like you that you might not realize, going through something. While listening to “Anxiety’s” lyrics, I’m reminded that bad b*tches can have bad days too, but they definitely bounce back.
By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
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