Years ago, Lele admittedly wouldn’t have been willing to share her mental health struggles with neither her fans, or even her closest friends.
“I kept it a secret for so long because I was really embarrassed,” she explained on Just The Sip. “I didn’t want people to see me differently…I don’t know. I’ve had really bad experiences in the past, like when I was little with OCD, and people judging me. So I had that in my head for awhile.”
She continued, “And then it got to a point where I couldn’t function anymore and my managers and my friends kind of noticed, and I had to be completely honest with them. But they took it in such a good way; like, they were so supportive that it kind of made me realize that maybe there are people that are super supportive of this.”
After opening up to her friends, Lele said she did the same with other people who have OCD. While grateful to hear about her experiences, some urged the importance of Lele using her platform to start a conversation.
She recalled being told, “You haven’t used your platform for any causes; to do a big movement.”
“And it’s the truth,” Lele added. “I am an influencer, but I haven’t done anything like that and used my platform for something that helps a cause. I was like, this is so dear to my heart. I have to do this.”