Celebs who kept their serious illnesses a secret

Kid Cudi reveals that he suffered a serious stroke while in rehab in 2016

Stars Insider

18/08/22 | StarsInsider


Even though celebrities spend their lives in the spotlight, many choose to keep life-changing events such as diagnoses from the public. The premature death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020 came as a huge shock as he continued to work into the late stages of his illness, and many of his colleagues didn't even know he was living with terminal cancer. His private battle is just one of many examples of high-profile figures who kept serious medical conditions a secret. 

In recent years, more celebrities are finding strength in sharing their diagnoses and experiences with the world, sometimes long after the fact. Kid Cudi recently opened up about his personal health struggles in an interview with Esquire. The rapper was struggling with severe depression in 2016 and decided to check himself into a rehab facility for his own safety. At the time, he wrote on Facebook, "If I didn't come here, I would've done something to myself." He explained that "anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it." While trying to regain his mental health, his physical health took a serious blow. Cudi suffered a serious stroke while in rehab which impacted his ability to speak and move, requiring months of physical therapy. 

The following year, Cudi auditioned for a role in the Broadway musical 'Lobby Hero' and finally felt like he'd recovered from the stroke. The fact that he successfully memorized all of his lines and completed the audition proved that he was capable again. "I needed that at the time. I was happy. Like, damn, my brain is still strong. I didn't lose something in that sh--t that happened."

Check out this gallery to find out which other celebs kept their serious illnesses a secret.

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