SZA is transitioning from expressing her most sensitive emotions and thoughts in her lyrics, to speaking out about the need to protect her mental health from online bullying and criticism.

Speaking to Finish Line Women for its Community Voices series for Mental Health Awareness Month, the ‘Good Days’ singer shared on how fame in the music industry along with its pressures can affect an artist.

She discusses how online trolls influence her own ideas and the challenges she confronts when harsh remarks mirror her own insecurities.

SZA opens up, saying: “It’s weird sometimes when your personal thoughts and feelings align with some of the things people say about you. It’s hard not to fall into that weird hole of self-loathing.”

Despite finding solace in her own creative process, she occasionally worries if her skin is thick enough to withstand the expectations and scrutiny that come with fame.

She revealed, “The physical exhaustion, the mental exhaustion does not come from making music.

“But the exhaustion really comes from expectations, berating, and dehumanizing from outside forces. And that s— makes me feel like, ‘Why am I doing this? Why would I set myself up to be bodied like this on a regular basis?”

She goes on to describe where she seeks comfort and how she copes.

“I’m an escape artist, so I love to get gone,” she said in her interview. “I love to hit an island, go for a walk at a local park, or just go to the beach and sit down.”

Adding, “I feel like physical activity, being outside, and also prayer is really powerful for me.” She even escaped the infamous MET Gala party.

“For me, it’s like, I snuck out the back as soon as Lenny Kravitz hit the stage because I was feeling very like, ‘Whoa, my anxiety’s going crazy,’” she continues. “So much so that I couldn’t walk down the main steps to exit. I took a cab. I walked like three city blocks with no shoes on…”

“I just tiptoed a couple of blocks and caught a yellow cab back to my hotel because I was just overwhelmed,” she recounted. “I had too much anxiety to wait for my cab in front of the crowd, and take pictures, and all those things. I didn’t want to do that. So I was looking like a little dirty Cinderella running away with my shoes.”

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