Tyrese Gives An Explanation for His Erratic Behavior

Tyrese maintains he does not have a mental illness.

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Tyrese has been displaying his emotional outbursts online. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Tyrese Gibson is coming clean about why he has been acting out on social media. The singer/actor explained his Instagram rants and tearful pleas were the results of the effects of a drug prescribed to him by a psychiatrist.

“I just wanted to formally apologize to all of my fans, my wife, my friends, my loved ones and everyone that’s gotten a million phone calls after what I now know was [the result] some psychiatric meds called Rexulti,” he said in a Saturday, Nov. 11 Instagram video. “So have I been stressed about losing my daughter? Yes.

“But after seeing several psychiatrists and therapists trying to help me out, one of the psychiatrists suggested some medicine, and it really f—ed me up in a real way. … If you know me the way I know you do, you know that something had to be wrong and I was not in my normal mind state.”

11:11 today here’s my public apology – FYI contrary to false reports and narrative ! don’t have a mental illness, it was meds that was suggested to deal with the trauma of losing my daughter this way…. everything just changed. I want you guys to know that to this day I don’t drink, smoke or on any level do I do drugs……… because of this high stress and very traumatic experience I was advised then ultimately connected with multiple therapist and psychiatrist I had a few private meetings and this particular drug that was suggested although maybe helpful to others had an adverse effect on me and this is the reason I had a complete meltdown online – I’m in the clear now, this is being flushed out of my system and I’m ready to get back to 100% – please don’t chalk this up as “oversharing” a lot of people were effected by what these meds did to me over these last 2 months and this is my public apology a few I will make personally. I’m so very sorry guys – please guys just know again this is not the Singer, actor this is Shayla’s father……….. This will NOT compromise my case…. This is transparency and honesty and more of a suggestion, please seek professional opinions when it comes to drugs especially psychiatric meds. We all need to be still and preset in the Lord and he will deal with our fights and realities ”. Praying for you guys, and Pray for me and my family ! Love You TYRESE. Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. #ShaylaRocks.com

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Despite the fact that Rexalti is used as an add-on treatment for major depressive disorder — according to its website — Gibson maintained in the Instagram post that he does not have a mental illness. Rather, the drug was prescribed for him to deal with the “trauma of losing my daughter this way.” He lost his daughter through a restraining order his ex-wife Norma Mitchell Gibson issued against him. The two have been battling over custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Shayla.


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“[It] had an adverse effect on me and this is the reason I had a complete meltdown online — I’m in the clear now,” Gibson said in a separate post. “This is being flushed out of my system and I’m [all ready] to get back at 100 percent.”

Although some have mocked Tyrese’s public displays, Marietta, Ga., psychiatrist Dr. Adaku Njoku-Animashaun, who has not treated Gibson, says she’s thankful for his openness about getting help.

“I’m thankful that at least he’s talking about it so people can get help and make better choices for [their] lives,” she told Atlanta Black Star. “Most people are very fearful of stigma. There’s [sic] so many people that don’t get medical help for problems they’re dealing with.”

“In our culture, most people don’t want to be open,” she added. “We’re very fearful but as a psychiatrist, [I see mental illness] is real.”

And while Gibson says he isn’t suffering from depression, his candidness about seeking professional help for his state of mind highlights a growing trend of celebrities being open about mental health.

In October, singer Michelle Williams said she had struggled with depression when Destiny’s Child was in its prime.

“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” Williams told the hosts of “The Talk”. “And when I disclosed it to our manager, [Mathew Knowles] at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multimillion-dollar deal. You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’ So I was like, ‘Oh! Maybe I’m just tired.’”

Dr. Njoku-Animashaun said while many people have “different challenges,” they don’t have to face them alone. “There are people out there who want to help you.”

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