Jim Carrey Praises Ariana Grande's 'Openness' About Depression: 'I Wish You Freedom and Peace'
The 57-year-old actor praised the singer, 25, after she shared a quote by author Jeff Foster that Carrey has said in the past on her Instagram Stories over the weekend.
The quote she shared read, “Depression is your body saying, ‘I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me.'”
It continued, “You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.”
Carrey tweeted his appreciation on Sunday night, writing, “.@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,” he continued. “I feel blessed to have such a gifted admirer. Happy Easter!”
Grande retweeted the actor’s response to her, writing, “I can’t process this or breathe hold on.”
“Thank u so much for your kindness. I don’t think u understand how much I adore u or what u mean to me,” she tweeted. “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.”
The “7 Rings” singer’s tweet comes almost two weeks after she shared several scans of her brain on her Instagram Story that appeared to show she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Last year, the pop star opened up to Vogue U.K. about her battle with anxiety and PTSD following the fatal bombing that killed 22 people at her concert in Manchester, U.K., in 2017.
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“It’s hard to talk about because so many people have suffered such severe, tremendous loss,” Grande told Vogue U.K. for their July issue. “But, yeah, it’s a real thing. I know those families and my fans, and everyone there experienced a tremendous amount of it as well. Time is the biggest thing.”
The experience was horrifying and traumatic in itself, but for it to take place within what Grande considered her safe-haven left her all the more lost and grief-stricken.
“Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world,” she said in the emotional interview with Time in 2018. “I think that’s why it’s still so heavy on my heart every single day. … I wish there was more that I could fix. You think with time it’ll become easier to talk about. Or you’ll make peace with it. But every day I wait for that peace to come and it’s still very painful.”