"I admire your openness. I wish you freedom and peace. I feel blessed to have such a gifted admirer."
On Saturday (April 20), the ‘Thank U, Next’ singer shared a series of photos and Carrey’s quote on her Instagram stories.
“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,'” the quote from Carrey read.
“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.”
In a subsequent post, Grande explained how her love for Carrey dated back more than 15 years.
“My first AIM username was jimcarreyfan42 when I was in like 4th grade,” wrote Grande.
In turn, Carrey responded on Twitter and offered “freedom and peace” to Grande.
“I read your lovely mention of me and things I’ve said about depression,” he wrote. “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.”
Grande then wrote back herself, and joked that she would “tattoo this tweet on my forehead.”
“Thank you 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,” she wrote. “You are such an inspiration … Sending you lots of love & all things happy.”
The pair previously met in 2014 – with Ariana posting the encounter on her Instagram.
This comes after Ariana previously revealed a series of brain scans that showed the extent of her PTSD which she developed after the Manchester Arena bombings in 2017.
Carrey himself also opened up on his battles with depression in 2017.
“There is not an experience of depression,” he explained.
“I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. It doesn’t stay long enough to immerse me and drown me anymore.”
For help and advice on mental health:
- ‘Am I depressed?‘ – Help and advice on mental health and what to do next
- Help Musicians UK – Around the clock mental health support and advice for musicians
- Music Support Org – Help and support for musicians struggling with alcoholism, addiction, or mental health issues
- YOUNG MINDS – The voice for young people’s health and wellbeing
- CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably for young men
- Time To Change – Let’s end mental health discrimination
- The Samaritans – Confidential support 24 hours a day