‘Stranger Things’ Star Opens Up About Anxiety Over Sexuality
Stranger Things star Shannon Purser has opened up about her battle with anxiety over her sexuality in a series of Twitter posts.
The 19-year-old star, who portrays Barbara ‘Barb’ Holland on the hit Netflix sci-fi series, took to the social media site on Tuesday to share with followers her struggles.
“Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process. It’s going to be ok. I wish I’d known that sooner,” she began, before adding: “Another thing I wish I’d known about sexuality is to take it slow. It can define you as much as you want it to.”
Getting comfortable with your sexuality is a process. It’s going to be ok. I wish I’d known that sooner.
— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) April 11, 2017
“Either way, I know what it’s like to have anxiety about it,” she continued. “Especially trying to come to terms with it and my faith. It can be really scary… But it’s gonna be ok. You’re going to be ok. No, you’re going to be great.”
She concluded by tweeting: “All that to say, you’re not alone. You’re in my prayers and, if you’re the praying kind, please keep me in yours.”
It’s not the first time Purser has used social media as a method of sharing her battles. Last November, she went public with her self-harming past to offer up a message of hope to others struggling with similar issues.
“I haven’t self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, ‘just in case,'” she wrote alongside a picture of a razor blade. “I forgot it was there & now it’s in the trash.”
She then added a few words of encouragement for followers battling similar demons.
“Recovery is possible,” she declared. “Please don’t give up on yourself.”