I'm Listening: Taylor Momsen explains why honesty aids her mental health

'Lying gets you nowhere'
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Taylor Momsen has never been shy about her mental health struggles. During an interview with Audacy’s Taryn Daly, Momsen revealed her lifelong mantra that’s helped her mental health immensely.

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“My motto, and I don’t know if motto is the right word, but the way I just try to live my life is I try to be as honest as possible because I think lying gets you nowhere,” Momsen said.

The Pretty Reckless frontwoman indicated that being honest not only serves to aid her mental health, but is an aim to help those who are struggling know they are not alone.

“When people ask questions about what I’ve been through, I try to tell the truth cause maybe I can help someone who’s maybe struggling with a similar situation or similar feelings that I was going through,” she said.

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Back in 2021, The Pretty Reckless shared their fourth studio album Death by Rock and Roll, a record that was born out of tragic events. One was the sudden passing of Chris Cornell, the other was the death of the band’s longtime producer Kato Khandwala in a motorcycle accident.

“This album is so rooted in a lot of pain and tragedy and everything that we went through. There’s no way to talk about Death by Rock N Roll without talking about those struggles,” Momsen said.

“It kind of goes hand-in-hand and I think at the end of the day the record turned out to be a very hopeful album. I hope that that message can reach people and maybe inspire them to keep going, to keep moving forward because things do get better at the end of the day even if you can’t see it at the time. You just have to wait it out.”

Momsen ended with a message of optimism. “The dark days just make the bright ones that much brighter,” she exclaimed.

Audacy's I’m Listening aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. You can also find more resources here.

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