|Summer Walker has always been open about her mental health problems and often gets criticized for it / Photo Credit: Network118 via Wikimedia Commons|
Summer Walker achieved recognition in the world of R&B after she released her hit single “Girls Need Love.” There was just the right mix of mellowness and richness to her voice that carried the song easily to the top charts.
In no time, the song and other of Walker’s creations quickly found itself in the US Billboard 200 albums chart, making the album the “biggest” streamed R&B album by a woman. But despite all of Walker’s achievements, so many still criticize her for being open about her mental health situation.
According to business magazine Forbes, Walker’s headaches in the industry have always been fueled by peoples’ need to draw unwanted attention to her social anxiety issues.
While it’s true that social anxiety is a very common thing to experience for most people, there is usually a different expectation when it comes to artists. For Walker, the hate comments emanate from some people’s belief that Walker is using social anxiety as an excuse, that she was merely “pretending.”
A lot of this has to do with the fact that Walker has been known to halt a tour upon her belief that she likes putting her mental health first over her music career.
Walker even told her fans, via a video:
“I’m not going to be able to finish this tour because it doesn’t really coexist with my social anxiety and introverted personality [...] I’m a person, I have feelings. I get tired, I get sad and it’s just a lot.”
This is just another shred of proof that tells us that the music industry is still not quite so forgiving to artists who suffer from mental health problems, sometimes more so to people of color. So if you’ve listened to Walker’s work and understand her struggles, it’s always a good thing to show her some support.