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OTRC: Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child opens up about depression

Michelle Williams opened up in a new interview about her battle with depression and working with her fellow Destiny's Child group members again.

The 32-year-old singer spoke to The Associated Press about her role in a touring production of "Fela!" and revealed that she has suffered from bouts of depression since her teenage years.

"I've dealt with depression," she told the wire service recently. "I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy."

Williams said she first began suffering from depression when she was 15 or 16 years old. She adds that she has managed to avoid medication and is speaking out to encourage others to get help. The singer said that over the past few months, she has gotten better from another bout of moderate depression that she was suffering from over the past few years.

"We're taught, 'Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.' Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists - that's your healing. Take advantage of it," she told The Associated Press. "Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It's OK if you're going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help."

Williams is preparing for a role in the musical "Fela!," based on the Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. The singer plays the role of Sandra Isadore, who was Fela's African-American lover.

The show, which was previously on Broadway in 2009, kicks off a 16-city tour at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., on January 29. There are scheduled dates for cities like Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Nashville.

Williams recently reunited with fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Beyonce to record a new single for the group's compilation album "Love Songs." The new single, co-written by Williams, is called "Nuclear" and is the group's first new recording since 2004.

The three recorded the new song before Christmas in Los Angeles when all three were recording their own solo projects. Williams is preparing her fourth solo album of original Christian pop music.

"Stacking those harmonies on top (of) each other gave me goose bumps," Williams said about recording the song. "We were like, 'We still sound good together.' Duh! The bond will never die. We're always going to be close. We're always going to work together."

What about rumors that she and Rowland will join Beyonce at the Super Bowl halftime show? "Who knows?" she said. "We make sure not to go too long without doing something."

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