20 Famous Latinos Who’ve Publicly Dealt With Mental Illness

When it comes to their public personas, Latinos in the limelight are often burdened by pressures to appear as perfect as we expect them to be. Still, despite how put-together some might seem, many often struggle internally with the often very dark and ugly battles that come with having a mental illness.

Here’s a look at 20 famous Latinos who have endured mental illnesses both publically and privately.

1. Frida Kahlo

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Kahlo’s work acted as a very sincere reflection of the traumatic events in her life that ultimately inspired the passionate painter to create her works. Channeling the severe emotional and physical pains that she often endured, Kahlo frequently depicted her struggle on canvas. In August 1953, after her right leg was amputated due to gangrene, Kahlo became severely depressed and anxious causing her to rely on and ultimately become dependent on painkillers. In a diary entry written in February of 1954, Kahlo wrote that she had attempted suicide after learning that her husband, Diego Rivera, had cheated on her. “They have given me centuries of torture and at moments I almost lost my reason. I keep on wanting to kill myself. Diego is what keeps me from it, through my vain idea that he would miss me,” Kahlo wrote. “But never in my life have I suffered more.”

2. Isabel Allende

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After the death of her daughter Paula in 1992, the Peruvian House of Spirits author fell into a deep depression she thought she would never climb out of. Allende once described the pains of coping with her daughter’s death explaining “If you had told me the day before she fell into the coma that such a thing was going to happen, I would have killed myself. If I had known the amount of pain I would have to endure, I would have killed myself because I would have thought I would never be able to survive this thing –and I wouldn’t have wanted to survive, I would have wanted to die before.”

3. Mariah Carey

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In a recent interview with People magazine, Carey opened up about her years-long struggle with bipolar II disorder. After experiencing a highly publicized “breakdown” in 2001, the singer with Afro-Venezuelan roots was hospitalized for “extreme exhaustion” and ultimately diagnosed with the mental health disorder that causes manic and depressive episodes. “Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told People. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

4. Selena Gomez

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In the summer of 2016, Gomez was in the midst of her Revival tour when she abruptly canceled its last leg. In a statement issued to People magazine, the singer of Mexican descent explained that she had decided to end her tour early in order to seek treatment for anxiety and depression. Last year she talked about her decision to enter treatment in her cover story for Vogue. “Tours are a really lonely place for me,” she told the magazine,” she said. “My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting onstage, or right after leaving the stage. Basically, I felt I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t capable. I felt I wasn’t giving my fans anything, and they could see it—which, I think, was a complete distortion.”

5. Salma Hayek

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Back in 2012, the Mexican actress talked to the now-defunct women’s magazine, Lucky, about how her struggles with acne led to severe depression. “This acne was so bad it sent me into severe, severe depression,” she said. Highlighting how mental disorders can manifest themselves in physical ways and ultimately cause a cycle, Hakek explained how her depression led her to gain weight, a result, she said, worsened her mental state. “The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much,” Hayek said. “Guess what I did? I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!”

6. Eva Longoria

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Two years after enduring a very public divorce with her now-ex-husband Tony Parker in 2011, Longoria opened up about how she fell into a deep depression after their breakup on “The Dr. Oz Show.” Longoria admitted that she didn’t immediately recognize she was depressed but knew that when friends started to compliment her on her weight loss she knew that there was something wrong. “That’s probably the time I got the most compliments because I was so skinny. I was not eating. I was depressed. I was sad. My diet was coffee. So people kept saying, ‘You look amazing. Divorce agrees with you,’ ” the actress of Mexican parents explained. “And I was like, I don’t feel good. I have no energy.”

7. Gina Rodriguez

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It’s not uncommon for fans of Rodriguez to see the “Jane The Virgin” star get real about life. Still, when she opened up to fans on Instagram last year about her struggle with anxiety many were surprised by her reveal. In an Instagram post that featured the actress smiling for a 10-second portrait, the Puerto Rican actress wrote of how she has learned to cope with the mental illness. “I suffer from anxiety. And watching this clip I could see how anxious I was but I empathize with myself,” she wrote on Instagram, along with a clip of herself. “I wanted to protect her and tell her it’s ok to be anxious, there is nothing different or strange about having anxiety and I will prevail. I like watching this video. It makes me uncomfortable but there is a freedom I feel maybe even an acceptance. This is me. Puro Gina.”

8. Camila Mendes

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Last year in October, the “Riverdale” star got real about her decision to seek therapy after years of struggling with an eating disorder and straining to adjust to her new life in the limelight. “I can say from experience that eating disorders are a serious mental disorder,” Mendes wrote in an Instagram post. “Growing up, I watched my big sister suffer from one for many years, and I’ve experienced periods of my life when I’ve suffered symptoms as well.”

9. Jennifer Lopez

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Lopez opened up about her struggle to keep up with her mental health back in 2014 when she published her tell-all book True Love. The Puerto Rican actress shared how severe anxiety had affected her life back in 2002. At the time, the Puerto Rican artist was sleeping less than 5 hours each night and working for weeks without a day off while balancing her work on the movie “Enough” and recording a new album. “I had worked maybe 55 days in a row without a day off and shooting on a film, and I just one day was walking towards the set and  every time I walked towards the set my heart would start beating and I would start getting frightened.” After feeling as if she was unable to move and her vision began to blur, Lopez explained that she immediately went to a hospital where a physician told her that her work had taken a toll on both her body and mind.  “The truth is, I wasn’t taking care of myself at all. I wasn’t loving myself at all. All I was thinking about was pleasing everyone else and showing everybody else that I could do all these things and that I was fine… I have to take care of myself first before I can take care of anyone else.”

10. Demi Lovato

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Lovato has been vocal about her struggles with bipolar disorder, addiction, anorexia, bulimia and self-harm for years now. In 2010 it was revealed that the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer sought help for her mental illnesses and entered a treatment facility. Two years later 2012, the Mexican musician talked candidly about her path to recovery in the MTV documentary “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong.” In a 2017 Youtube documentary about her sobriety, the singer admitted to being under the influence of cocaine while being interviewed for her documentary with MTV saying “I wasn’t working my program. I wasn’t ready to get sober. I was sneaking it on planes, sneaking it in bathrooms, sneaking it throughout the night. Nobody knew.”

11. J Balvin

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Balvin was forced to fight for his mental health when he began to experience paralyzing panic attacks and depression. The reggaeton artist has spoken openly  about his depression and the dark side of fame 

12. Luis Coronel

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After the death of his father and a split with his long time girlfriend Adilene Isalie, Coronel found himself without a muse and depressed. “I suffered a lot when we split. We were together a long time and she was the best part of my life,” he said in an interview.

13. Paty Navidad

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The Mexican star has been open about seeking help for bulimia and anorexia nervosa. 

14. Cristian Chávez

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Back in 2013, the former RBD singer shocked fans when he revealed that he had attempted suicide. In the years since he has been very vocal seeking help and taking care of mental health.

15. Ana Barbara

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While pregnant In 2011, the Mexican singer fell into a deep depression. At the time she was struggling with anorexia and was ultimately hospitalized. 

14. Bruno Mars

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In public Mars mostly gives off positive vibes, but in a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone he revealed his struggle with anxiety. 

16. Jessica Alba

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Alba has been open about her struggle with OCD. “I used to unplug every single appliance in my house. Or I’d double-check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night,” Jessica Alba once told CosmoGirl. “It was like a panic came over me and I had to do something, and once I did it, I was OK. … It was really me needing to control something.”

16. La Lupe

In the years afte her death, La Lupe’s daughter has opened up about her mothers struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.

17. Eva Peron

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In 2011, a Yale neurosurgeon, studied Evita’s skull x-rays said that Perón might have had prefrontal lobotomy in the last months of her life, to ease anxiety.

18. Pablo Picasso

The famous Spanish painter and sculptor was known to have struggled with depression throughout his life. 

19. Carmen Miranda

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The famous Portuguese-born Brazilian actress was known to have struggled with alcohol.

20. Cristina Saralegui

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The Cuba-born journalist often called the Latian Oprah has been open about her struggle with alcoholism. 

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28 Zodiac Tattoos To Never Tell Your Mother About


28 Zodiac Tattoos To Never Tell Your Mother About

Getting a tattoo is a big no-no in most Latinx families, but horoscopes have all the yes. Sure, your mom doesn’t want you to “deface” your body but if you attach it to your horoscope, it is hard for her to say no. You may not want to show her but these zodiac tattoos about your sign are definitely something to consider.

Whether you’re looking for your first, or four-hundredth, the stars bestow favor on these options!

1. Carry the stars on your back, Aquarius family.

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Mom definitely knows every mole, freckle and blemish on your body but it is alway worth at least trying to hide things from her. In that spirit, maybe getting a tattoo with the stars will change her mind.

2. If you’re an Aquarius and confident about your pecs, this is for you.

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You’re also the social conscience of the zodiac, btw. Just tell your mama, you’re trying to make the world a better place.

3. Pisces fish circling its constellation.

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The symbol for Pisces represents the duality of you guys: two fish tied together swimming in opposite directions. And since you’re probably such a great mediator, you’ll have no problem explaining this tat away to your family.

4. Pisces goddess with so much symbolism.

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See that symbol on her neck? That’s the symbol for Pisces and if you want, you can start with a tattoo of just that to ease your mom into the idea.

5. Aries ram & constellation.

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Aries is represented by a flying ram who knows how to get things done, and is able to carry its people to victory on its back. Clearly that is something to be proud of.

6. The earthy Taurus toro

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Like a true earth sign, you’re sensual, practical and stubborn, which means that you’re going to pick a sick-ass tattoo like this one.

7. Gemini Double Time

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Typically depicted by two twin brothers, this tat instead imagines two twin sisters, one mortal and one immortal. Get yourself a tattoo that’s like a creepy Mona Lisa and feel empowered forever.

8. We really like the twin sister vibe, ok?

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Geminis are known for being expressive and, tbh, smart-asses. They’re also pros at thoughtful communication. You can’t hide anything from these hermanas.

9. Gemini duality is also about synergy.

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Greek mythology remembers these two as peaceful siblings who never fought and loved each other. Can you name the gender in this tat? Probably because it doesn’t matter. 🙂

10. The Ethereal Cancer

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Cancers are emotional, empathic and loyal af. They also have wild imaginations which leads to their artistic nature. You can tell by the next four slides that cancers live it up.

11. The Classic Constellation on the Ear Tattoo

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I’m not sure what the artist intended, but for me, this is a two-fer of a cancer constellation and a bunch of evil eyes warding off bad luck. I’m inspired.

12. The Brave (and cutie) Crab

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The Brave Crab resembles every Cancer we know’s small-dog-syndrome (y’know, when you think you’re a big tough guy but really you’re a chihuahua named Bruce). Maybe this crab tattoo is a reminder to find your inner soft side and put down the claws.

13. Moon in Cancer

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So, liiike, did you know you have a whole natal chart and you can have different moons in different signs. You can be an Aquarius and have all your moons in Cancer, and have your mind be blown about why the way you are. Check it.

14. If you know you’re a gem, get this Cancer tattoo:

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We’ve got another Moon in Cancer, folks, and I have a feeling that it can be a very dominant trait. This is the Sorting Hat folks: you can be who you already know you are.

15. If you’re a Leo, though, we all already know that.

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Y’all are the life of the party, the big personalities, and there’s no abuelita or chancleta stopping you from getting whatever you want. Plus, this is a sick minimalist line drawing approach.

16. Virgos pay attention to detail.

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In case you couldn’t tell by this tattoo with mad shading and little moon craters. Here we’ve got a Moon in Virgo, ay oh!

17. Classy Astro Finger Tats

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This is a pretty sweet look if you want to have the stars and all their telenovela mythology at the tips of your fingers. Plus, Virgos are known for being methodical, so counting off every finger as an expression from the universe are a classic.

18. Campy Minimalist Virgo

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My favorite kind of Virgo. I love this because you can include so many more symbols that represent who you are. Plus, you don’t have to fill in every quadrant at once. Get to know yourself, then tell the world.

19. Libras in Miami

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I can recognize that hibiscus flower from a mile away. If you’re a Libra and you’re from Miami, this is a pretty cute twist.

20. Scorpio brand on point (literally)

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Scorpios are often misunderstood as brooding, complex, mysterious sex symbols. Ok, so they actually are all those things, but they’re also focused, brave, faithful and balanced. Just like this gorgeous tattoo.

21. Can you see the scorpion in the stars?

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Scorpios might seem like fire signs because of all the feisty traits they embody, but they’re actually water signs.

22. When you wish you were a Scorpio so you could get this sick tattoo.

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They’re fierce, they’re sensitive, they’re not even close to ‘rough around the edges.’ Can you tell I’m in a relationship with one of these charmers?

23. BEHOLD: Scorpios can take the pain of some serious shading.

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I mean, hot ? damn ?! Be careful of that stinger, am I right? Yeesh, and those claws. And pinchers. Let’s move onto Sagittarius, shall we?

24. ? Sagittarius ?

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Like other fire signs, Sagittarius needs to experience todo al mundo. They’re usually hilarious, generous and romanticize everything. This tattoo, though, is it.

25. Sag’s are the philosophers of the group.

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They dream big and aim (literally) high. So why not get a gold-crested tattoo behind your ear?! You’re a Sagittarius–you can’t be held back.

26. Capricorns, The OG GOAT.

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Yep, I said it. Just like actual goats, Capricorns are determined to climb that mountain and look casual while trying. Sure, they can be workaholics, a little (a lotta) inhibited and stubborn, but that’s just one half. I need this tattoo to serve as a reminder that you can’t be mitad Capricorn. ?

27. TBH, Capricorns are the closest sign to an actual unicorn. ?

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But remember to self-care, fellow Capricorns, and refill your pot of rainbow magic. And by self-care, I mean go get another tattoo. You’ve earned it!

28. Or, just get your whole natal chart tattooed!

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I mean, that’s a pretty sweet way to encompass all of you, since you’ll be banned from ever getting another tattoo again anyway. #SorryKatVonD

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