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Hayley Kiyoko's chronic stress 'impacted her mental health'


Hayley Kiyoko's fame has affected her "mental and physical health".
The 32-year-old star first found fame as a child, and she's admitted that it's taken a toll on her mental health.
She told Variety: "I don’t think chronic stress is a great thing to have. I think it’s severely impacted my health. I’ve had a lot of health issues.
"Being in this industry and having such a demand to constantly show up, and be going and going and going, has definitely affected my mental and physical health. It’s always been a challenge of how do I manage that stress while also still getting to pursue the things that I want to?"
Hayley battled depression and loneliness as a teenager, and the singer believes that it stemmed from hiding her true self.
The Los Angeles-born singer - who came out as a lesbian in 2015 - explained: "I didn’t feel like I had a community or group of people in my life that I could really share my true emotions to or my authentic self to, and so the only person I could do that to was myself.
"When you hold in your truth, that affects your stress and your health, and even though I didn’t feel safe enough to share in my environment, I was able to share and let it out through song."
Hayley now leans on her songwriting as a way of coping with her mental health concerns.
The 'Girls Like Girls' hitmaker shared: "I think I was always stressed that I was never enough or that I didn’t belong, so I overcompensated on being able to do as many things that I could do. That was my defence mechanism at [the] time."