“For a while I just didn’t want to talk about it, and I’ve gone through a lot in the past few years with my health,” Hadid told WWD at Vogue Fashion Festival in Paris.
“I feel guilty for being able to live this incredible life, have the opportunities that I do, but somehow still be depressed. It doesn’t make sense.”
The 23-year-old said that early on in her career she was "emotionally unstable" while working 14-hour days for four months straight.
“I would cry every single morning, I would cry during my lunch breaks, I would cry before I slept," she said. “I think I just wanted to breathe a little bit. And so it kind of put me in a spiral.”
Hadid hopes that her honesty can help others who might be struggling with their mental health but are afraid to speak up.
"I just hope I can help in any way I can. I feel like I would be doing a disservice to myself if I didn't speak about something such as mental health, because that's pretty much what I've been going through for the past five years very intensely," she said. "Now we're here and we're good, but it took a while."
Her admission is another important reminder that mental illness doesn't discriminate and no matter how illidic someone's life seems on paper, you never know what's going on behind closed doors.