he is one of the most successful recording artists of our generation, but Mariah Carey has just revealed that she has privately struggled with mental illness for many years.

The 48-year-old super star revealed to PEOPLE Magazine that she was first diagnosed with bipolar II disorder after being hospitalized for a mental and physical breakdown in 2001. The revelations were made in People Magazine’s April 23rd issue, which is available on newsstands this Friday (April 13).

Carey, who recently sought treatment, says she was scared that someone would expose her, and she lived in denial and isolation for many years.

“It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment,” she told the magazine. “I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love—writing songs and making music.”

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