“Bridgerton” star Ruby Barker revealed she’s being hospitalized for her mental health. On Thursday, she shared a video message from the hospital where she was receiving treatment. “I am better,” she said, as reported by People magazine.
Ruby Barker further explained, “been really unwell for a really long time. And I just want to be honest with everybody: I have been struggling.” She will be discharged soon and reported that she did receive a diagnosis, which she will share later.
“I’m gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life. I’m gonna take a little bit of a break [for] myself,” she continued, encouraging others to do the same.
“Take a break, stop being so hard on yourself,” she advised. “[P]eople used to always tell me not to be so hard on myself…What does that really mean, to stop being hard on yourself? To love yourself?” she added, “We really need to change the dialogue…and think about our linguistics when we’re talking about mental health.”
Her disillusionment led her to neglect her mental health while becoming “rage-filled, frustrated [and] angry.” She could not cope with “all this intergenerational trauma bundled up inside.”
“I was carrying the weight of the world on my back,” she explained.
Ruby Barker explained she’s “relinquishing myself and forgiving myself and drawing a line in the sand. I can’t carry on the way that I’ve been carrying on. I need to change. So, that’s what I’m trying to do,” she added.
The actress thanked her community of friends, mentors, and Australian musician Sexton. She goes on to thank Netflix and Shonda Rhimes “for giving me an opportunity; for saving me.” Lastly, Barker urges her followers to seek help and support if and when they need it. She advocated for broader mental health awareness for all. “I want to survive, and I will survive, and I’m going to. And so are you,” she said. “That’s the beauty of it: so are you. If you’re with me, you’re in good hands.”
Ruby Barker was discharged from the hospital on Monday.