5 Celebrity Mental Health Advocates Who Adore Their Pets
It’s no surprise that everyone loves their pets! Pets offer a furry shoulder to lean on when dealing with depression and anxiety – their companionship is irreplaceable.
#1) Ellen DeGeneres
Comedic host Ellen DeGeneres has been open about the depression and intense anger she experienced when she revealed her sexuality on the 1997 sitcom Ellen. She is also an outspoken animal-lover, whose compassion for animals motivated her to establish her own line of pet products because “dogs and cats deserve nice things too.” DeGeneres’ compassion for animals also inspired her to adopt six rescue animals (three dogs and three cats) that she “cannot imagine not going home to.”
#2) Halle Berry
Halle Berry has previously opened up about the depression and low self-esteem she experienced after the dissolution of her first marriage in 1996. Berry describes that she had to reprogram herself to believe “just because someone didn’t love [her], didn’t mean [she] was unlovable.” Nowadays, her dog, Jackson, provides her with all the love and compassion she needs. Halle describes “one of the sweetest joys in [her] life” is coming home to find her animals lined up at the door, waiting for her.
#3) Ryan Reynolds
The “Deadpool” actor has recently opened up to the New York Times about his struggles with intense anxiety. Over the years, Reynolds has used a multitude of coping methods—both healthy and unhealthy—to manage his anxiety. Nowadays, along with his actress wife Blake Lively, he finds solace in his two rescue dogs Baxter and Billie. When he first met Baxter in 2008, Reynolds instantly “just fell in love with him,” and was compelled to “pick him up along the way,” while browsing pets with a friend.
The Grammy award-winning singer has been outspoken about her experience with postpartum depression ever since the birth of her first child, Angelo, in 2013. In addition, the notoriously private singer is also mom to a dachshund named Louie who she adopted in 2009. Since then, Louie has appeared on the cover of Nylon Magazine with Adele, and has been described by Adele as “the love of [her] life.”
#5) Chris Evans
The actor, who also plays Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been vocal about his experience with anxiety and negative thinking. To silence the “brain noise”, Evans turns to both his therapist as well as his rescue pup, Dodger, who he met on the set of the 2017 film Gifted. Evans describes Boxer as “such a sweetheart” who is “full of love” for kids, other dogs, and “pretty much everything [else].”