‘I’M STRONGER NOW IN FAITH AND EMO­TION’

Singer-ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Tan re­cently bat­tled with de­pres­sion and won. TAHIR ALHAMZAH has the story

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

SHE was in a se­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship with a cer­tain some­one be­gin­ning late last year. How­ever, last April saw the end of the short­lived ro­mance, send­ing her reel­ing into de­pres­sion.

Singer and ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Tan said she was a wreck.

“I was so dev­as­tated that there were times when I ques­tioned whether life was worth car­ry­ing on. At the time, suicidal thoughts crossed my mind,” said the 23year-old Knock Knock singer, who re­ceived help from her loved ones, in­clud­ing her mother.

Tan ad­mit­ted that she was blinded by love.

While in that un­healthy re­la­tion­ship, she said she had turned her back on her par­ents.

But when things fell apart, it was her mother, whom she knew she could count on.

“My mum was more than amaz­ing. With­out even seek­ing my apol­ogy, she came to the res­cue. She man­aged to talk some sense into me.

“Tak­ing two weeks off from work, she pulled me out from the dark place I was in and made sure I got back on my feet,” she said.

Apart from the break-up, Tan was deal­ing with other per­sonal is­sues, all of which were af­fect­ing her state of mind. But, it was the break-up news that broke the camel’s back.

“With all th­ese is­sues com­bined, I suf­fered a break­down,” said Tan who was sud­denly over­come by emo­tion.

Apol­o­gis­ing for getting all emo­tional, she said: “I’ve never cried in pub­lic. But I’ve re­alised that it’s okay to do so. I’m no longer afraid to show my true feel­ings.”

Re­count­ing what seemed to be the dark­est episode in her life, she re­mem­bered how she was not her jovial self.

“I was un­recog­nis­able. “I needed some kind of di­vine in­ter­ven­tion.

“That was when I re­con­nected my­self with God,” said Tan, whose par­ents are pas­tors.

“Hav­ing gone through all this, I know that I’m much stronger now in faith and emo­tion, than I ever was,” said Tan who is not one to re­gret the past.

How­ever, she said, she was never go­ing to re­turn to be­ing in that sorry state.

“I hope by shar­ing my story, I’d be able to help those fac­ing sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances, and also the fact that it is okay to seek help.”

Tan, who shared this at the launch of her lat­est sin­gle, Dar­ling, at Warner Mu­sic Malaysia in Petaling Jaya, re­cently, said she drew a bit from her ex­pe­ri­ence when she penned its lyrics.

The sin­gle is also the orig­i­nal sound­track for the tele­vi­sion drama se­ries My Dar­ling In­spek­tor Daniel, star­ring Aaron Aziz, Siti El­izad and Erra Fazira.

“But for the most part, I ba­si­cally wrote the lyrics and com­posed the sin­gle based on Maya, the char­ac­ter I played in the se­ries,” said Tan, who only took about 30 min­utes dur­ing an Uber ride to come up with the song.

While she penned the lyrics in a mix­ture of English and Malay, it was singer-song­writer Bo Amir Iqram, who helped to pol­ish the lyrics.

Dar­ling is Tan’s fourth sin­gle to date.

PIC BY HALIMATON SAA­DIAH SU­LAIMAN

Singer and ac­tress El­iz­a­beth Tan hopes that by shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence of de­pres­sion she can help those fac­ing sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances.

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