Beyonce Knowles-Carter revealed she struggles with insomnia -- one of the symptoms of high-functioning autism.
In a cover story for Harper's Bazaar magazine, the middle-aged singer says years of touring took a toll on her body in unhealthy ways. Now she struggles to get a good night's sleep.
She told Harper's Bazaar:
"I think like many women, I have felt the pressure of being the backbone of my family and my company and didn't realize how much that takes a toll on my mental and physical well-being. I have not always made myself a priority.
"I've personally struggled with insomnia from touring for more than half of my life. Years of wear and tear on my muscles from dancing in heels. The stress on my hair and skin, from sprays and dyes to the heat of a curling iron and wearing heavy makeup while sweating on stage."
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An exhausted Beyonce is pictured at age 21 on July 2, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Fans speculated whether she was on the spectrum after she confided that the first decade of her life was "dedicated to dreaming", because she was an introverted child who was slow to speak.
"I didn't speak very much as a child," the "Halo" singer said.
Children on the autism spectrum usually begin speaking at an older age than their peers.
The Destiny's Child member said she counts the number of times she smiles per day.
"My health, the way I feel when I wake up in the morning, my peace of mind, the number of times I smile, what I'm feeding my mind and my body - those are the things that I've been focusing on. Mental health is self-care too.
"I'm learning to break the cycle of poor health and neglect, focusing my energy on my body and taking note of the subtle signs that it gives me. Your body tells you everything you need to know, but I’ve had to learn to listen. It's a process to change habits and look past the bag of chips and the chaos everywhere!"
Losing a job is always difficult. Last month, NeNe Leakes tearfully admitted she was fired from Real Housewives of Atlanta, the reality TV series she helped to create in 2008.
After calling bloggers liars for months, 55-year-old NeNe finally came clean during an episode of Tamron Hall. She confessed that she was forced off RHOA by the show's producers.
She stopped short of saying why (hint: her attitude needed adjustment).
Now NeNe claims she is "losing sleep" because of the "trauma" she's been through.
In a heavily filtered post on her Instagram stories, NeNe said, "I haven't slept well lately! Kinda in a daze. Sometimes when you've been thru [trauma] it's hard to sleep."
NeNe's followers expressed their support for her, saying she has a lot to live for despite being kicked off RHOA.
Others begged her to stay off social media due to its addictive and manipulative environment.
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Chrissy Teigen confessed she and husband John Legend sleep in separate bedrooms because her home is haunted by a ghost. The 34-year-old former swimsuit model tweeted that she suspects her house is haunted by "some kind of ghost or evil spirit."
Chrissy, who married John in 2013 in Italy, took to Twitter on Wednesday to explain the terrifying nightmares that led her to sleep in a different bedroom. She said the nightmares are exhausting and she often awakens at night drenched in sweat.
"I know this sounds insane but I think I have some kind of ghost or evil spirit and I have the worst nightmares," Chrissy told her followers on her Instagram Story. "I will go to bed super early and I will sleep so long and I will wake up soaking wet because I have just the most terrible nightmare. It's always the same nightmare."
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While she didn't explain the content of her nightmares, the star added: "I'm tired of it and it's ruining my life, so I'm sleeping in a different room tonight. We'll see if this makes a difference."
The Lip Sync Battle star apologized for her rich white privilege, explaining "I understand it's very privileged to have an extra room, but I do. I need the energy, I need to feel good. I can't live this way anymore. I cannot do this nightmare anymore. It's driving me insane. It's literally making me crazy. I have to stop, it has to stop."
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