DARK DAYS

Depression made Daddy Owen to doubt himself

He flirted with women just to prove to himself he's still a man

In Summary

• Owen went ahead and bought himself some unnecessary things

Singer Daddy Owen
Singer Daddy Owen
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Early this year, award-winning gospel singer Daddy Owen admitted to suffering from depression.

In various interviews, Owen said he said he had been battling in silence for fear of being labelled weak by society.

When his condition worsened, Daddy Owen explained that he had to push himself to openly talk about what he was going through to help ease the burden he felt at the time.

Celebrating one year since he discovered he was depressed, Owen revisited how depression took a toll on him.

"At a time like this last year, I got a revelation. A revelation that changed my life forever! It was the beginning of an emotional roller coaster, something that messed up my mind. Looking back, it's something I still can't explain, all I know is it was the beginning of something special," he wrote.

He added that living alone made it even worse as he doubted himself in so many ways, among them his financial status.

Just to prove a point to himself, Owen went ahead and bought himself some unnecessary things.

"Throughout the whole year, I have been an emotional wreck! Am I poor or rich? Is all that necessary?" he said.

"The situation made me buy expensive unnecessary things just to prove to myself that I can! The situation made me travel far and book in hotels just to prove that I can."

To prove he was man enough, he flirted with several women, something he now says he is not proud of.

"The mental mess made me flirt with people just to prove that am still a man!! Yes. a man! Am I proud of it? No! I felt terrible, and anything about me flirting or anything of that sort came from me being affected emotionally. I had self-doubts about myself! Did I apologise to the people concerned? Yes! Did I Repent and ask God for forgiveness? Yes."

Owen said within a year, he has touched and transformed lives through his humanitarian work, the greatest being building a children's home for kids born with disabilities.

"And another major milestone has been going back to the studio and coming up with an album and launching it."

Owen added that he is afraid to date again as the mental torture he went through would affect his next partner who might be innocent.