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An Emotional J Balvin Says He’s ‘Fragile’ As He Again Struggles With Depression And Anxiety

J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. His ‘Arcoiris’ tour, which had a partnership with arts collective “Friends With You,” stayed true to its name, bringing light, color, and positivity to every city it stopped in. The Colombian reggaeton icon kept up his signature high energy and used the tour as a platform to shine a light on a very taboo subject in the Latino community; mental health.

During his Arcoíris tour, he talked about the importance of addressing one’s own mental health, encouraging people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and letting the audience know they are not alone.   

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

Now, as the reggaetonero is once again facing these health issues, he’s being open with his fans in the hopes that he can inspire others to let down their guard and seek the help they need.

If you’ve been wondering why J Balvin has been less active on social media – here’s why.

As one of the world’s most popular artists, many people expect a lot from J Balvin. And as someone who’s known to document his day to day routine for his fans, some were starting to get suspicious about his lack of activity on social media.

Balvin has recently been sharing posts about his collaboration with Fortnite, but has generally stayed away from social media.

Well, now, J Balvin is getting candid with his fans about his struggles.

“Like any human being, I’ve had some challenges,” the 35-year-old said in Spanish in his video. “This time it’s anxiety and some depression. I don’t like acting or faking my happiness or that everything is perfect,” he added. “I’m like any human being. I’m fragile and vulnerable, possibly more than all of you.”

He then thanked his fans for staying connected.

“Soon, the storm will pass and I’ll be back cracking jokes with you all,” he said. “I’m not here to act but to be real and share what I’m feeling in the moment. I love you all. Jose,” he ended the video with a peace sign and saying his real name.

Balvin is no stranger to mental health issues, of which he’s been open about in the past.

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The Latin star — responsible for worldwide hits such as “Mi Gente” — has been candid about his mental health struggles in the past.

“Anxiety and depression are a reality, perhaps it is part of my mission on earth to talk about things that few accept,” he said in a video around this time last year. “And simply accepting that I am human like everyone else. 🙏”

He’s even inspired his peers, such as Camila Cabello, to be open about their mental health struggles.

“During a period of intense anxiety, I saw his posts on Instagram talking about his struggle with anxiety and mental health, and I remember bursting out crying because I no longer felt alone, amazed that someone who was achieving such incredible things was still vulnerable and brave enough to share that with the world,” the former Fifth Harmony member wrote about J Balvin in his TIME 100 profile.

Mental health is so important to Balvin that he’s even launched a meditation program to help people like us.

Meditating can be an intimidating practice to start on your own, especially if its acceptance in your community isn’t widespread. Which let’s face it – it’s not exactly common in the Latino community. 

Enter J Balvin and Deepak Chopra who have launched a 21-day meditation series.

J Balvin says that meditation saved his life and the hope is that the daily practice will change the lives of all who participate, too

“The world is offering us a reset and J Balvin is the perfect partner to help us reach a critical mass of expanded global awareness,” said Deepak Chopra of the partnership in a company press release. “Together we will set the stage for a more peaceful, inclusive, just, sustainable, healthy and joyful world for all. I am indebted to Jose and our Spanish speaking community for this collaboration.”

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