Professor Green Reveals He Struggles To Cope With Christmas After Losing Family Member
In an extremely open and candid series of posts, rapper Professor Green spoke about how he struggles to cope at Christmas.
Pro, real name Stephen Manderson, has been open in the past about his battles with depression and anxiety.
The 35-year-old told his followers that he hadn't been getting much sleep and was suffering with a stomach bug.
He wrote: "It's Christmas Eve, my great grandmother passed on Dec 18th when I was 13 and I've hated Christmas ever since.
"I'm currently home alone with a stomach bug. If you're feeling lonely you ain't the only one, but it's only a couple of days so on the off chance they're hard for you too, take the opportunity to have a look into the sadness, let it up and out. If you're going through it, keep going, it's the only way to get through anything, otherwise you end up stuck in it.
"And don't worry about the silly faces I'm pulling, inside I'm smiling.
"Just wanted to make you lot laugh and think about what it all really is x"
The 'I Need You Tonight' singer then went on to talk about how people can feel forced to appear as though they are happy at Christmas, and invited fans who were struggling to talk on the thread.
He wrote: "It's sold to us as this joyous time of year, which to me just reminds me of all the financial stresses in my household growing up - it became more about what I didn't have than what I did.
"Don't feel like you have to enjoy it, if you too find it hard, just know that many, many more do too. Feel free to have a chin wag in the comments about why."
Pro added: "I'm hanging about here for a bit as I'm stuck in bed hating it too."
In another post on Christmas Eve, Pro spoke about his own family situation and how Christmas just magnifies the difficulties that people might be going through.
He wrote: "And don't get me started on the fact that what little family I do have is fractured and there's no one place where everyone who is still around is.
"Because that's what families are like, mad. It's only Christmas.
"Just think, if you weren't told repeatedly from every angle that it's Christmas and it's time to have fun it would just be another day that you probably wouldn't struggle with.
"The only way I get through it is linking up with my pals who through the weird and wonderful ways the planet works have somehow all found each other and will be making tomorrow that little bit less miserable for each other. Bare love, not Christmas love, all year round love, remember, everyone's life looks great through the gram, don't get sucked in.
"Focus on you and yours and remind yourself not to apply social norms to this day or any other, you can feel however you feel, as long as you're honest about it."
He said later on his Instagram story: "Merry Christmas muther f*****s ho ho ho.
"Don't worry about me mate I've just had a stomach bug ... and I wanted to draw some of you lot out about how you are feeling. And explain how I used to feel growing up on Christmas."
Pro went on the reveal in a series of videos and pictures that he was spending Christmas Day with his gran his friends, who he had round for dinner.
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