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Janet Jackson Opens Up About Her 'Intense' Struggle With Depression

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Janet Jackson is opening up about her mental health journey.

In a new feature for Essence, the 52-year-old songstress pens an open letter to her fans about her "intense" struggle with depression.

Related: Icon Award Recipient Janet Jackson Gives A STRONG Live Performance!

When speaking about her thirties, the mom of one writes:

"I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it."

She continues about her experience in her forties:

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Michael B. Jordan Is An ABS-olute Snack In BTS Video For His Essence Cover Shoot!

How does Michael B. Jordan react to being called Michael BAE Jordan? What line did he ad lib in Black Panther?

Oh, and what does he look like with his shirt off again??

Learn the answer to all these questions and more in Essence's "Behind the Cover" video (above)!

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Prepare To Snap Your Retainer Over Michael B. Jordan's Sexy Essence Cover!

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This is exactly what we needed on a Friday!

We're thanking our lucky stars for baby oil right about now because just LOOK at Michael B. Jordan's abs on the June cover of Essence! Ow ow!

Related: This Girl Successfully Slid In Michael B. Jordan's DMs

And he was giving credit where credit was due when he shared the shot on Instagram, posting:

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Taraji P. Henson FINALLY Confirms She's Dating An Ex-NFL Player 13 Years Her Junior!

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Taraji P. Henson has got herself a man!

She and her boyfriend were first spotted together nearly two years ago, but they've mostly been Hidden Figures from the public eye since.

Video: Taraji Is A Badass Assassin In Proud Mary Trailer!

But on the Essence Yes, Girl! podcast, the Empire star finally confirmed the rumors she is dating 34-year-old former NFL player Kelvin Hayden.

She said:

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Michelle Obama Shows Off Her Barack Impression & Tells Stephen Colbert She Has No Sympathy For Other Candidates' Spouses!

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Michelle Obama has heard a lot of speeches come out of her husband's mouth over the years — so, it's no surprise she can do a pretty solid Barack Obama impression!

The First Lady showcased her talents on Tuesday's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, dishing on White House dinner conversations, presidential photo shoots, and, of course, Beyoncé.

Speaking on her romantic photo shoot with Barack for Essence magazine, FLOTUS explained that the stunning photos were actually taken while she was trying to convince the busy president to "chill out and relax" because he's "horrible in photo shoots!

Video: Michelle & Ellen Go On A WILD CVS Shopping Trip!

But because Michelle and her daughters — Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15– have heard the nation's patriarch deliver so many long-winded speeches, the family has developed spot-on impressions of the President… which the 52-year-old kindly shared with the audience!

Forget politics, she should totally audition for Saturday Night Live!!

Plus, Michelle did not mince her words when it came to Melania Trump, Bill Clinton, and other potential First Spouses.

Ch-ch-check out the best bits from Michelle Obama episode of The Late Show (below)!!!

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President Barack & Michelle Obama Are #Goals On The Covers Of Essence & InStyle!

The Obamas take the cover of two October issues!

This is epic!

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are making their mark after eight years in the White House with TWO October covers!

The stunning couple are definitely #goals, looking so radiant posing for the newest issue of Essence (above) together. No wonder it's a collector's edition!

Related: President Obama Explains Exactly Why He Is A "Feminist"

Inside the glossy, POTUS speaks on his time in the office, saying:

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Zendaya Takes The Cover Of Essence & Shines A Light On Her 'Responsibility' As A Role Model!

Zendaya covers the August issue of Essence!

It's almost hard to believe Zendaya has never starred on the front page of Essence before, but at last, her day has finally come!

The glossy unveiled the 19-year-old's fierce cover for their August issue on Monday, and she looks absolutely stunning in front of the beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil backdrop!

Though it's inside the magazine where Z shares her words of wisdom, including why she spoke up after Giuliana Rancic famously made an offensive and controversial comment about her dreadlocks.

Related: Zendaya Destroys Twitter Loser Who Made Horrific Rape Joke!

Zendaya explained:

"When I talk to people about that, this is not new. It's not something I just started doing. I just did it in public and more people saw it than usual. I don't remember when I didn't do it, to be completely honest. I think that's just the way I was raised, or the way my parents just taught me to be…"

Continuing on the same vein, the Disney starlet also expressed just why it's so important for her use her voice. Sharing what it's like to be a role model, she dished:

"You've got to realize those Twitter followers, those kids who watch you, that's technically power. So, to me, I have a responsibility or a duty to the people who watch me to promote positive things, or to show them positive things, or to enlighten them…"

As we've seen from her feed, the young star isn't taking her responsibility lightly.

Ch-ch-check out the rest of her spread in the gallery (above)!

[Image via Essence Magazine.]

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