Actress Cheryl Ladd is preparing to tell all about her battle with mental illness in a new memoir after revealing she secretly sought treatment for depression at the height of her Charlie’S Angels fame.
The veteran TV star, 67, has finally agreed to write her autobiography, and she will use the book to detail the personal struggles she faced behind closed doors, when her career was at an all-time high.
“When I was on Charlie’s Angels early in my career, I had all of this success, but I was going through something really dark, and nobody really knows about it,” she shared on daytime show The Talk.
“As a matter of fact, I’m finally doing my memoirs, and excited about telling all the parts of the story, because if in your life, you don’t have the light and the dark, you don’t have a picture, and you have to remember that.”
Cheryl explains she was in desperate need of help at the time, and although she was initially hesitant to seek treatment from medical professionals, she is glad she was brave enough to do so, because it really turned her life around.
“It was (hard to seek help)…,” she recalled. “It was so private and because I had always been this really positive person, when it all started to come toward me, I really struggled, so I was really happy that I got help.”
The actress admits coming clean about her own health issues is long overdue, and she wants her story to help destigmatise the topic of mental illness for other generations.
“It’s time that I write that in the book,” Cheryl said. “I think it will help a lot of people because I think that it needs to be talked to (sic), literally on a daily basis, because a lot of people are struggling and I think we all have to help them get help.”
Ladd is already an established author – she wrote a children’s book, The Adventures of Little Nettie Windship, in 1996, and released Token Chick: A Woman’s Guide to Golfing With the Boys, about her love of the sport, in 2005.