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Professor Green opens up on why he 'worried' about sharing his mental health struggles


Professor Green "worried" about his reputation when he decided to open up about his mental health struggles.
The 40-year-old rapper- whose real name is Stephen Paul Manderson - decided to speak out about his mental health through his documentaries, he was concerned what others would think of him because of the image often associated with the type of artist he is but was pleasantly surprised at the response.
He told Heat magazine: "I worried about so many things-especially being a rap artist, because you have a certain rep - but the support I received from everyone after first my radio documentary and then the TV documentary Professor Green, Suicide And Mewas insane. It was bittersweet to see how much engagement there was because I realised that so many people were suffering themselves. It was quite hard to take all that on at some points."
The 'Never Be a Right Time' hitmaker added that these days, he continues to be "so proud" of the work he does with mental health charity CALM and the other things he does to help others amidst the cost-of-living crisis.
He said: "I'm so proud of all of the work I do with that. I was the least likely candidate to join in that conversation and I still continue to do a lot now, as a patron of CALM, as well as with the work I'm doing at the moment with the British Gas Energy Trust, who are helping people who are struggling during this current cost of living crisis!"
Meanwhile, Professor Green has two-year-old son Slimane with partner actress Karima McAdams but admitted that his partner had a "really fragile" pregnancy and he did all he could to just try to be with her during that time.
He said: "Karima had a really fragile pregnancy and had to be very sedentary, so I tried to spend as much time with her as I could during that time. I just wanted to be there for her