Watch: Ileana D’Cruz opens up about battling depression


After Deepika Padukone, Ileana D’Cruz opens up about battling depression and body dysmorphic disorder for 15 long years in a latest advertisement of a denim brand. 

Dressed in black tee and blue denims, the actress said, "I was shy, self-conscious person once I hit my teens. I was constantly hit on for my body type. The obsession started when I was 15. My entire life goal was to be accepted by everyone. I think that's what I wanted the most. I never got it”.

The ‘Barfi’ actor said that acceptance is the first step to overcome depression. "I never expected to be someone who'd be dealing with anxiety, dealing with depression. I've got every possible thing I could want. And I wondered, 'Why am I so depressed?' I still don't know sometimes. Then they told me you have depression, you have anxiety, you are going through body dysmorphic disorder. There was an acceptance which almost came immediately and that I think is one of the biggest steps that you can take towards change. You can't move forward otherwise."

“I did not know I had body disorder. There was a period, approx three years ago. I was completely depressed. The most comforting thought was to end things. But I realised it did not seem right”, the actress added.

"You're human, you're not meant to be perfect. You're meant to be flawed. I'm just going to keep pushing and try and be the best of version that I can be of me," she added.

On the work front, Ileana D’Cruz was last seen in ‘Baadshaho’.