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Idris Elbas Daughter Opens Up About Mental Illness

Idris Elba’s Daughter Opens Up About Being Bullied, Issues With Self-Esteem, And Dealing With Her Mother’s Mental Illness

Idris Elba’s daughter, Isan Elba, is making headlines after being named the 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association broke the news that the 17-year-old will also get a chance to choose a nonprofit organization to work with and raise money for.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 14: 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador and actor Idris Elba’s daughter, Isan Elba attends The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle 2019 Golden Globe Ambassador Reveal Press Conference at The Henry Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

While attending the Golden Globes’ Ambassador luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Isan brought awareness to mental illness in the African American community. Isan’s mother, Hanne Norgaard, battles with depression, bipolar depression, and chronic anxiety.

“It was only about two years ago that my mom opened up to me,” Hanne “Kim” Norgaard. She was married to Idris from 1999 to 2003.

“I’m not going to lie; it’s a struggle every day. It’s a learning lesson for me, but it’s hard. Mental health is something that’s hard to deal with. We just sat down and talked about it, and I think that was better for her, talking about it and talking about it with someone who means the most in her life and just getting that out.”

Isan continued, “It was like, ‘Woah,’” she said learning about her mother’s struggles. “It was definitely a learning curve. I’m so much closer to my mom now because I know what she’s going through.”

Inspired by her panel discussion, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president, Meher Tatna, donated $50,000 to the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in Isan’s name.

Isan even opened up about being bullied in school and having to deal with self-esteem issues herself.

“I’ve always been a quirky kid,” she shared. “I’ve had to work through that. Part of the reason I was bullied was because of my personality. Other people gravitated towards my personality — but at my school, the kids had never met someone so sporadic like me. After that, I just sort of said, ‘Whatever, I’m not going to listen to what you say.’”

“Being myself is what got me here. People have been telling me how much of an inspiration it is that I’m talking about this.” She added.

Don’t forget the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, it airs today, (Jan. 6) at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Source: Essence, ET

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