Actress Taraji P. Henson has talked about the trauma she faced as a child as her father suffered from bipolar disorder and believes she has struggled to hold down relationships as she needs to act as a “caretaker” for men in her life.
Speaking on the ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ podcast, Henson said: “At a young age, that’s unfair, I don’t know but that’s in me now. I don’t know I just, I ain’t married, because I find the men I need to fix. You can’t fix anybody.”
Henson had said: “You feel embarrassed to have those thoughts, and why? Why should you feel embarrassed? That is a real thought that you’re having in real-time. Don’t shun it. It’s real. Deal with it.”
Taraji P. Henson, who has 27-year-old son Marcell with her late partner William LaMarr Johnson, found that thoughts of ending her life quickly subsided when she discussed her feelings with a friend.
Henson said: “I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding a Finally, I’m talking to one of my girlfriends and I knew – I was smart enough to say, ‘I have to say it’. because a part of me was ashamed. I was like, I don’t want them to think I’m crazy.
“So one day I just blurted it out, to my girlfriend. She called me in the morning and I was like, ‘You know I thought about killing myself last night’. And, (I said) ‘Oh my god, I feel so much better. I’m not gonna do it now’,” added Taraji P. Henson.