Serena Williams Opens Up about Feeling Unwell in Honest Message to Fans

Serena Williams shares her raw emotions regarding her mental health with her devoted fans.

The esteemed tennis icon took to X (formerly known as Twitter) on Tuesday morning to express that she is not feeling okay. In a heartfelt message to her more than 10 million followers, Williams also reassured others that it’s perfectly normal not to feel okay.

“I am not ok today. And that’s ok to not be ok,” she tweeted. “No one is ok every single day. If you are not ok today, I’m with you. There’s always tomorrow. Love you.”

Her fans responded with encouraging comments. One fan wrote, “This spoke to me. Thank you for these energy giving words. I have prayed for you, you will be okay! I will be okay also,” while another added, “I hope you feel better lady. You’re absolutely right. It’s ok not to be okay sometimes, and to acknowledge it. But, here’s the thing. Put on some feel good music and do the running man throughout the house. It just might lift your spirit.”

Williams did not share the same message, or elaborate, on Instagram or TikTok, where she has nearly 20 million more followers.

Just a week ago, Williams gave a glimpse into the reality of motherhood. She posted a TikTok that showcased her glammed up for a night out at the 2023 CFDA Awards at American Museum of Natural History earlier this month, before transitioning to her pumping breast milk.

“What my life is really like,” she captioned the video. “It’s not as glamorous as you think.”

She included hashtags such as “momhumor,” “workingmom,” and “workingmomstruggles,” among others.

Williams, a devoted mother to 6-year-old daughter, Olympia, and 2-month-old daughter, Adira, with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, has been open about her mental health over the years. In a 2018 article for TIME magazine reflecting on her remarkable Wimbledon Championships run (in which she was the runner-up), Williams delved into the highs and lows of life on and off the court.

“I dedicated that to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she says. “Some days, I cry. I’m really sad. I’ve had meltdowns. It’s been a really tough 11 months. If I can do it, you guys can do it too.”



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