Fifi Geldof Opens Up About Depression Battle After Robin Williams Death
The star, who recently lost sister Peaches, posted a poignant tribute to the actor on Instagram...
Fifi Geldof has spoken about her own battle with depression in response to Hollywood funnyman Robin Williams' suicide.
The star took to Instagram to reveal that following the death of her sister Peaches Geldof in April, the loss hit her "full whack", stating: "I wear a permanent mask so I won’t be judged for feeling how I actually feel.“You can’t escape it, it just simmers under the surface when it’s not hitting you full whack. Which, for obvious reasons, it has done to me for the last few months.
“People wouldn’t have the first clue of it to look at me or talk to me, though.”
She then posted a tribute to Williams - who was founded at his home on Monday (August 11) - writing: "Devastated by the news. Depression needs to be taken a lot more seriously.
“No-one should feel pushed to those actions by their all-encompassing misery. Makes me so sad that he had the world crying with laughter whilst drowning in his own tears.
“His films have been a constant in my life, from childhood giggles with Hook and Mrs Doubtfire. To drawing out the deeper emotions in later life with Good Will Hunting and my favourite of his, Dead Poets Society.
“A unique one of a kind who will be truly missed. RIP Mr Williams. I think this has prompted me to want to speak out publicly about my own depression which I’ve suffered from for years."
She continued: "Just in a feeble attempt to bring some more awareness and understanding to something that oughtn’t be surrounded by such stigma x.
“Oh God the amount of times I’ve heard: ‘But what do YOU have to be sad about?!’ And it really doesn’t help that people who don’t even know you think it’s okay to discuss things that are a source of heartache."
Geldof concluded: “Especially when actually they haven’t the first f***ing clue what they’re talking about.”
Williams' wife Susan Schneider recently revealed that Robin was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease before his death.