Famous Musician Opens Up About Battle with Anorexia and Depression

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September 26, 2017Sep 26, 2017

31-year-old Lindsey Stirling rose to fame through her YouTube channel, where she has been displaying her amazing violin playing ability for years. The musician who focuses on electronic big beats on the violin now has 2 Billboard music awards, 1.9 billion views on YouTube, and chart-topping records. 

Now, Stirling is making a name for herself through another artistic outlet: dance. The star is on this season's "Dancing With the Stars." Last night, she performed a quickstep with her partner, Mark Ballas. 

The dance was focused on transformation and included a butterfly motif. Below is the full dance:

After the dance, Stirling opened up to ET Online to discuss why that particular performance was of such importance to her.

She said that the idea of being stuck in a cocoon and then emerging as a butterfly in her own life played a large role in the theme of the dance. 

She said, "I feel like I had to go through my own cocoon process. I think everybody does, and for me personally, it was that I struggled with anorexia and depression for years and at certain times I thought, ‘It’s too hard to get out of this.’”

“I was stuck in a caterpillar phase, but I had to go through that transformative hard work,” Stirling continued. “It was like a full-time job to get over anorexia, for two years. And I came out the other side and honestly feel like everybody can be and feel beautiful. That’s the most important thing -- how you feel about yourself.”

The musician-turned-dancer said that while she worked hard to pull herself out of her struggles, she experienced moments of helplessness. Now, she wants to help others. 

She said, "When I was going through the midst of it, you wonder, ‘Will I ever really, truly be happy? Will I ever be able to get over this?’ And that’s what I want to show. I’m so vocal about this issue because I made it through and I came out the other side [but] I know how it feels to be in the middle of it and the terrifying nature of it -- and the hopelessness. I wanted with this dance, I wanted to give people hope that they can thrive.”

Hopefully, Stirling's openness can help others who are experiencing similar mindsets. Please share your prayers for anyone experiencing anorexia or depression. For another breaking news story, read our latest article about the first official NFL sponsor to make a statement about the recent protests.

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