Alanis Morissette: Fame Caused Me to Have PTSD

by 10:04 AM PDT, September 17, 2014
Playing Alanis Morissette: Fame Caused Me to Have PTSD

Soldiers coming back from war suffer from PTSD, as well as those who survived near-death experiences or abuse. Now, in an exclusive clip from Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, singer Alanis Morissette says her early experiences with fame caused her to suffer from the disorder.

On this Sunday's episode, Lady O asks Alanis, "You use the term PTSD, what do you really mean by that?"

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The Jagged Little Pill musician replies, "Traumatized because I think that on some level, becoming famous and wanting fame, there's some trauma."

She says that she wanted fame, but once she got it: "The traumatized person, in this case, me, gets traumatized by the thing I thought would be the balm. I thought that everything would be helped and soothed and healed by fame."

She says she thought the love she'd receive from fame would "heal any of the broken parts" inside.

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Watch the video to hear Oprah's reaction to Alanis' statement and for their full conversation, tune in to Super Soul Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT September 21 on OWN.