Sevyn Streeter reflects past battle with depression, says it was triggered by unrelenting focus on music

Dennis Leupold/Atlantic RecordsThis month, Sevyn Streeter celebrated both the release of her debut album and 31st birthday. The Florida native, born Amber Streeter, tells Vibe Vixen that things are much better than they were a year ago, when she became depressed due to her perceived lack of success.

“I’ve literally been doing the same exact thing everyday with the same amount of intensity and focus, since I was 15 years old,” she begins.  “To look up and be 30 years old, and to feel like this hasn’t happened yet, but you can’t quit because you’re just going to be throwing away all the years that you put into it [music]. That in itself can take a toll.”

She adds, “A lot of my depression was [triggered] by the fact that I’ve given my life to this music, and it’s in a good place, but it’s not exactly where I want it to be.” 

The singer-songwriter says that it took a lot of self-reflection, as well as severing harmful relationships, to get to her current, happier frame of mind.

“I had people in my life that were bringing me more sadness than joy,” she reveals. “I made the decision to remove myself from certain situations and certain people that made me feel…heavy.”

And now, Sevyn, with a fresh, new outlook on life, is living life full speed ahead.

“Everything has to have some sort of purpose, and I’m not saying I’m not open to letting life happen, but at the same time, it’s a thin line between letting life happen and wasting your godd*** time,” she says. 

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