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Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen Battled Depression, Substance Abuse

Out from underneath. Taylor Momsen candidly opened up in a brand new interview concerning the personal struggles she handled after the deaths of her pals Chris Cornell and Kato Khandwala.

“I wasn’t in a good place mentally to be public,” the Gossip Girl alum, 27, advised Metro of her way of thinking after the Soundgarden frontman died by suicide at age 52 in May 2017 whereas on tour along with her band, The Pretty Reckless. “I canceled touring, I went home. I needed to attempt to process what had happened and kind of get my s–t together, and as soon as I started to heal from that a little bit and do that … I got the phone call that Kato had died in a motorcycle accident.”

Taylor Momsen. Gregory Pace/BEI/Shutterstock

Momsen referred to as the April 2018 demise of her 47-year-old greatest good friend and longtime music producer “the nail in the coffin” for her.

“My life felt like it was over, and I went very down to this utterly dark hole of depression and substance abuse, and I was a mess,” she advised the U.Okay. newspaper. “I was living in this hole of darkness that I was not sure I would ever get out of. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to. I had kind of given up on life. I’d given up on everything at that point. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make music again. I’d given up as a person. It was very dark.”

Then, someday in 2019, the previous actress and her rock band regrouped and began engaged on their fourth studio album, Death by Rock and Roll, which they launched earlier this month.

“It was music that saved me,” she advised Metro. “I know it sounds really cliché, but it was rock ’n’ roll and music that pulled me out of it, and I eventually got to a place where I could start listening to records again.”

After modeling as a toddler, Momsen acquired her huge break by taking part in Cindy Lou Who within the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey. Her greatest position got here seven years later when she joined the cast of Gossip Girl as Jenny Humphrey. She left the CW teen drama — and Hollywood altogether — in 2011 to pursue a career in music.

“The thing that made me the happiest is when I finally quit and I could focus on my true passion and the thing I really always wanted to do with my life,” she advised Metro, noting that she seems again on Gossip Girl as a “very unique experience” and never an “unpleasurable” one.

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