It’s the side of Brandy Norwood that few have seen. The star tells JET magazine about her life as a mom and how her daughter, Sy’rai, helped her through depression.
“The most consistent thing about life is change,” says the star of the music industry, which is completely different from when she began her days as a recording artist. “We connect with fans differently. Music has just changed a lot,” admits Brandy.
Despite the many changes, the singer keeps a positive outlook. “If you still stay positive and if you have you have a lot of belief and faith in what God has given you, you can still make things happen the way you want them to happen even when businesses and industries change.”
Brandy’s perspective wasn’t always as hopeful. The singer tells JET that she battled with depression a few years ago but used her status as a mother to help her overcome such sadness.
“I have a 12-year-old daughter that’s looking for me to set the example,” shares the star. “When you’ve been sad and have dealt with depression so deeply and so darkly, [you get] tired of feeling like that. I felt like that for so long and I got tired of my daughter seeing me like that and I wasn’t setting a great example. So through prayer and changing my mind and disciplining myself to get to where I needed to be, I changed my life. And now I know why I’m here. At 36, I know it now.”
Brandy has one child with ex-boyfriend Robert Smith. Sy’rai celebrated her thirteenth birthday on Tuesday.