Bebe Rexha on how her album ‘Better Mistakes’ helped her accept bipolar disorder

The singer and songwriter opens up about her mental health struggles and why she wants “people to know that it's OK if you don't feel good.”
8:28 | 05/10/21

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Transcript for Bebe Rexha on how her album ‘Better Mistakes’ helped her accept bipolar disorder
because I want to play it on my insta story. I love you. Good morning. Good morning. So you -- you're from the east coast and your mom flew in yesterday for mother's day. Was she surprising you? Did you know she was coming? Yeah, she surprised me and then I found out and then I surprised her by flying her sisters in from Arizona and she -- oh, there they are. Yeah, my aunts and we had a pool day and I made brunch and it was so nice. It was so nice. We had such a great time I feel like -- Loving it. I feel like it gave me like a whole -- they kind of gave me this energy. I miss my family. I haven't seen them in a long time so it felt -- in wow, that's special. Well, you know, you were born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten your parents are Albanian and your dad immigrated to the U.S. When he was just 21. Would you say Albanian culture is a big part of your upbringing and does it influence your life 100%. Growing up in New York, New York inspired my sound and definitely being Albanian we went to so many weddings every summer. When I watched the movie "My big fat Greek wedding" that's literally my life. Definitely, big part. Your mom and you look like sisters. You're both so gorgeous. And, you know, I saw a lot of videos this weekend of family reunions of mom and daughters, mom and sons who haven't seen each for a year and melted me. I was emotional all weekend. You write your own music and written some huge hits that other artists have performed like "Monster" by eminem and Rihanna and "Hey mama" by David guetta and Nicki Minaj. How young were you when you started writing and how was it when you started doing it for real. I started in New York. When I was first starting out first of all my parents are immigrants so didn't know anything about the music industry. That's what hads to the story and when I was in New York City at the time, the only producers that were really around were hip-hop producers so that's why I started writing and for me it just really -- it was really -- it was an amazing journey, it was incredible and I'm kind of nervous and I forgot the question. Sorry. Talking about your mom and your reunion. Don't worry about it. I'm sorry, no, it was amazing. I'm sorry, but I'm just so excited but I think you asked about my career and starting out. But I don't remember the question. I have a new question for you. Your new album "Better mistakes" debuted last week. Now you collaborate on some of the tracks with other very cool artists like Travis barker, Rick Ross and doja cat. You've been open about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and on this album you take us along on your mental health journey. Your track "Sabotage" is really personal. What does this song represent to Well, break my heart myself which you heard and "Sabotage" I had anxiety. Always felt a little just weird and growing up with my parents and the culture was like walk it off. It's not a real thing and now I think we're breaking the mental stigma of like, you know, mental illness, mental health and for me these songs like "Sabotage" which is this beautiful piano balanced that I do with Greg who did a lot of the stuff, sometimes we're our own worst enemies and why are we? And for me it was kind of being angry with myself and my flaws and my mental health but it helped me learn to accept myself and why do I sabotage myself? Sometimes I'm scared of failure. Sometimes I'm scared of being am I not good enough especially being in the industry and it's really important for me to talk about these things because when I was younger I would have loved to see my favorite artist speak about these things and to normalize it and this is something that I'm working -- I'm really passionate about because I want, you know, young people, not only young but even older people to feel like they're not alone and to know that these -- these illnesses or anything that you're going through whether it's the smallest thing, they don't define you. They're part of you and part of your story and I want to make it more empowering and that's the thing for me is like I feel like I'm in a really great space and I just want to help my fans. You know, what I Laurens countied, ladies, nearly 100% of the in America we could get health care, physical health care but only 40% can get mental health care and that's like a really big thing we're trying to work towards. I think that's really important. Bebe, I'm so glad you're mentioning all of this stuff and talking about what it means for your culture because in way too many cultures including the Latino culture particularly my parent's generation they think it's a sign of weakness to seek mental health treatment. Yes. So it's crucial to see people speaking about it out loud. And mental health awareness month, you're talking about how important it is for people to share their stories. I agree with you. So that others may feel less alone. Which is one of the reasons your voice, your voice is so important. Where would you like to see the change happen? I think, you know, what we're doing right now is just writing songs like this, I feel like I have a song that I wrote a long time ago "I'm going to show you crazy" when Spotify was out and started ten Gaer all -- 40 million plays without any push, nothing. And then at the time I had a different team of people around me and I said I think we should put this to radio and there's like there's no way we'll put a song out -- six years ago, about mental -- about your mental it doesn't work for pop stars. It's not part of the one plus one equals two, the occasion. What we need to do is talk about it and break the stigma. I grew up with an ail bankian family when and I said I lost my first record deal, got sign the when I was 19 and I got dropped and I was just so sad I said, oh, my god it's over for me. It's over for me and I was so depressed my dad was like go walk it off. It was embarrassing having a therapist, having that and it's not embarrassing. People need to know it's okay to speak to somebody. Whether it's a therapist, a friend, you know, speak to somebody if you're feeling down. Especially we just finished this quarantine, this pandemic. You know, I was speaking to my therapist and she said there's been a lot of people that have been, you know, coming in and needing help and seeking it which is a beautiful thing but we need -- I want people to know it's okay if you don't feel good. You deserve to be at peace and you should not judge yourself and be compassionate. We need to be compassionate with everybody around us. Somebody is going through something we don't know about. Whether it's the person -- the cashier at your favorite store, whether it's the garbage man, whether it's a musician, whether it's one of you guys, we all have a story that nobody knows about so I think be kind. Well, you know, what you're doing is brilliant because the more people see people talking about what's going on, the more they understand that it doesn't -- money doesn't stop it. There's nothing that stops it except connection. That's the only thing that will stop. So keep connecting. We're so proud of you. I love you so much. I want to tell everybody we love y'all. We love you, girl. Bebe rexha, the album, "Better mistakes" is available right now on all streaming services and anywhere you get your music.

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