Lauren Aquilina seemed to have everything going for her as she just released her debut album with a major record label. But the promising Maltese singer has now decided to call it quits due to depression.
“When I realised what a negative impact my career was having on my mental health, I realised something needed to change,” she wrote on Facebook earlier this week.
She told her fans she’s known for a few months that her album would not only be the first but also her last.
“I’m so lucky to have had some incredible experiences whilst being a full time artist, but unfortunately for me, the cons now outweigh the pros and I’ve been pretty unhappy for a long time.”
“I still have a lot of faith in myself as a songwriter, and am going to continue to pursue that but I will no longer be writing for myself or performing live under my own name. I know some of you will see this as a sad thing, but for me it’s incredibly exciting and relieving to be able to leave something behind that no longer makes me happy.”
“I’ve always struggled with anxiety attacks, but earlier this year, I was diagnosed with severe depression and put on a course of medication.”
She gave more details to Times of Malta about how her mental health issues escalated.
“People don’t realise how much money has to be spent on an artist these days for them to stand a chance in such a crowded market,” she said. “And if money’s being spent on you but you’re not doing as well as everyone hoped, it puts people in difficult positions. I’ve always struggled with anxiety attacks, but earlier this year, I was diagnosed with severe depression and put on a course of medication. My team were freaking out because so much money had been spent on my album but no big UK radio station would back me, and I kind of just lost it.”