Hayley Kiyoko Opens Up on Her Struggle With 'Chronic Stress'

The 'Girls Like Girls' singer has discussed the downside of living in the public eye since she was a kid, explaining how she constantly struggles to 'manage' her mental health.

AceShowbiz - Hayley Kiyoko's fame has impacted her "mental and physical health." The 32-year-old star first shot to fame as a child, and she's admitted that it's taken a toll on her mental health.

"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," she told Variety.

"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."

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