Camila Cabello reflects on overcoming social anxiety: “You’re worth the fight”

The pop star opened up about her mental health

Camila Cabello has shared some inspiring words about overcoming social anxiety on her Instagram.

In a series of candid posts uploaded yesterday (July 21), the pop star opened up about her childhood experience with mental health. Describing herself as an “incredibly nervous” and “socially anxious” kid, Cabello revealed that she felt self-conscious every time she was put in the spotlight. 

“I never ever sang in front of my parents or friends and would get flustered when they would ask me to. I sang in my room when my parents left for Walmart and cried when one day I saw them filming me through the crack of the door. I got teary-eyed when people sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me because people looking at me actually made me overwhelmed,” she wrote.

Cabello then shed light on the different sides of herself: “There’s little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong, and thinks it’s safer to stay home than to play ball.

“Then there’s the other Camila. And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by. [She] grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying, ‘Let’s go. You’ll survive, and I’m not gonna miss out on this. Let’s go.’”

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I remember growing up hearing stories of the singers I loved, all the stories sounded the same, kids who would grow up performing for their families and putting on talent shows for their parents when they were little who grew up to be dazzling to me. I was the opposite, I never ever sang in front of my parents or friends and would get flustered when they would ask me to, I sang in my room when my parents left for Walmart and cried when one day I saw them filming me through the crack of the door, I got teary eyed when people sang happy birthday to me because people looking at me actually made me overwhelmed. I was generally incredibly nervous and socially anxious when I was little; and people always have this look of disbelief when I tell them that. I did an interview the other day where I got it again, the interviewer said something along the lines of “So… how’d you end up here?” The answer is, I feel like my whole life there’s been two Camila’s in me. There’s little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong, (actually can picture them vividly lol), and thinks it’s safer to stay home than to play ball. Then there’s the other Camila. And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by, and grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying “Let’s go. You’ll survive, and I’m not gonna miss out on this. Let’s go.” And that is literally how I can sum up how I’ve gotten to this point in my life. (I’m talking about as a person, not success.) remember feeling discouraged when I felt like some people were just “born” to do things. That they always had it in them. “They were always this outgoing, they always loved to entertain, they were always this bold, they were always this outspoken.” (…..continue)

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While parts of her young self still remain, Cabello thinks her self-confidence has vastly improved. The singer revealed that she now enjoys performing and is “making irreplaceable memories”, all thanks to her newfound courage. “The essence of me is the same, but I’ve changed so much as a person,” she added.

Cabello also gave some advice to those struggling with anxiety, encouraging them to step outside of their comfort zone. “Force yourself to do what you’re afraid of, always. And go after what you want and who you want to be, because you’re worth that. You’re worth the fight. It’s the most worthwhile one there is,” she wrote.

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(part 2..) The truth is you decide who you’re going to be. Every day. I’m not talking about talent or success. I just mean the type of person you’re going to be. If you haven’t been very brave, or very social, or wild, or an adventure seeker, if you describe yourself as the opposite of those things… it doesn’t mean you can’t be. The other you needs to grab little you by the hand, yank you by the hairs and tell you, “Let’s go.” Little me hasn’t left. I just don’t let her boss me around as much. I felt like sharing because I think sometimes we see other people do things and think “Ah, well.. that’s just not me. I’ve never been like that.” It’s NOT TRUE. I’m telling you. I went from never wanting to sing in front of my family to being addicted to performing, from being too anxious to hang out with new people to… still being a little anxious but having THE BEST time and making irreplaceable memories. The essence of me is the same, but i’ve changed so much as a person. You choose who you’re going to be. Force yourself to do what you’re afraid of, always- and go after what you want and who you want to be, because you’re worth that. You’re worth the fight. It’s the most worthwhile one there is. Love you ❤️

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In other Cabello news, the singer recently dropped ‘Señorita’, a sultry collab with Shawn Mendes, and appeared in Mark Ronson’s new music video for their song, Find U Again