Alanis Morissette Tells Oprah: Fame Caused Me PTSD

By Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach
Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.
September 17, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is typically experienced by soldiers who come back from war, or those who have suffered near-death experiences or abuse. 

During a taping of Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” on her television network OWN, singer Alanis Morissette said that she suffered from the same disorder but from entirely different causes.  

“I’m traumatized because I think, on some level, becoming famous and wanting fame, there’s some trauma,” Morissette said. 

The singer admitted to having wanted fame in the first place but not realizing that fame would be the cause of trauma later on in life. 

“I don’t think it happens by mistake for anyone, frankly,” Morissette said. 

“And then the traumatized person, in this case—me, gets traumatized by the very thing that I thought would be the balm… I thought that all would be helped and healed and soothed by fame.”

The singer then explained that there was the misperception that fame will make her feel less lonely, understood, and loved. Although this wasn’t the case for her, and the experience only made her feel worse than before.

Kristina Skorbach is a Canadian correspondent based in New York City covering entertainment news.