Here’s Why Camila Cabello’s Openness About Her OCD Is So Important For Latina Youth

Sometimes, no matter how much older and more independent you might be, you find that you’re just a girl who just needs her mom. In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan UK, Camila Cabello opened up about why, even at 21, she makes sure to bring her mother with her wherever she goes and she has me feeling completely seen.

Cabello might be a chart-topper but she admits that even on her best day she still wants her mom.

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This summer, the Cuban-born singer of “Havana” will be hitting the road and joining Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour. Her mom will be tagging along too and according her latest interview Cosmopolitan UK, it’s a decision the singer has made all on her own. “It’s the hardest part–being away from my family. I would never want to move to LA because I can’t live away from them,” Cabello explains sharing that whenever she travels, she makes sure to bring her mom with her.

“It’s really nice, she’s my best friend,” Cabello admits. “My other half. There’s something about being with your mom. You just feel like a kid. And your family doesn’t care if you’ve messed up or you flopped or if your song tanked. They love you no matter what and that’s so important to me.”

The singer also got honest about the value of having her mother around when it comes to dealing with her mental illness.

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Cabello has open pretty about with fans and media outlets about her struggles with anxiety in the past. In 2016 the singer made headlines when she abruptly left a concert mid-set while performing with her former girl group, Fifth Harmony. She later posted a video to her Snapchat account explaining her absence from stage saying “Was having too much anxiety and couldn’t finish it… I’m truly sorry.”

The Latina went on to describe to the magazine how anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder still affect her. “OCD is weird. I laugh about it now. Everybody has different ways of handling stress,” she explained “And, for me, if I get really stressed thinking about something, I’ll start to have the same thought over and over again, and no matter how many times I get to the resolution, I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don’t keep thinking about it. I didn’t know what it was and when I found out, and [learned] how to step back from it, it made me feel so much better. I feel so much more in control of it now. To the point where I’m just like, ‘Aha! OK, this is just my OCD.’ I’ll ask my mom a question for the fourth time, and she’ll be like, ‘That’s OCD. You’ve got to let it go.'”

Cabello’s decision to use her platform to raise awareness of mental illness is a pretty exciting thing to see for Latina communities.

 

Many of us spend our whole lives feeling ashamed and forced to conceal the very real disabilities that affect millions of people the world over. In fact, in the United States’ Latino community alone, over 8.9 million people are estimated to be living with a diagnosable mental illness. For Latinas, who have some of the highest rates of suicide attempts in the country, it’s fortifying to see that Cabello isn’t just speaking up about her illness but bringing empathy to those affected by it as well.

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