Meghan Trainor is getting candid about mental health and how she’s managed to deal with it over the years. In 2014, Trainor’s hit song “All About That Bass” reached #1 and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight weeks. As Trainor’s career took off, so did her anxiety. In 2016, during a live interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, the singer had a panic attack as they prepared for a big announcement.
“I felt like I was going to pass out on live TV,” she told People in 2021. “I was like, ‘What’s going on? I’m going to die.’” Trainor revealed that before taking the stage, her assistant skimmed over her busy schedule for the day and then things took a turn for the worse. “As soon as they said ‘cut’ I walked off stage and I was [gasping for air] before everyone.” Also, around the same time, Trainor needed surgery after suffering a vocal cord hemorrhage, according to MTV. “I thought, my god, will it be over for me forever? The singer confessed on The Dan Wootton Interview podcast, “I fell into a crazy deep hole of depression and anxiety.”
Though it was an incredibly tough time for the artist, Trainor opened up about how a TV host unknowingly played a vital role in her mental health journey.
Meghan Trainor owes it all to Carson Daly
Meghan Trainor revealed on Jay Shetty’s On Purpose podcast that Carson Daly is the reason her family is closer now and understands exactly what she’s dealing with when it comes to panic attacks. Trainor confessed that the first time she experienced one, her mother had no idea what was going on and began unknowingly undermining the situation. “I said, ‘I have to go to the emergency room because I can’t breathe.’ And she said, ‘Just come over here, I’ll rub your head!'” Trainor told Shetty. “I was like, ‘You don’t understand me now.'”
Frustrated that no one in her circle knew what was going on, Trainor sent an article in which Daly spoke candidly about how he was managing his mild panic disorder. The Today host also revealed that he has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. “I feel like a tiger in space, but he’s not there,” he told Today in 2018. “I just embraced the fact that I’m so hardwired, and I get it.”
Because Daly shed light on such an emotional experience, Trainor was finally able to get through to her family. The singer said her mother started crying and admitted she finally understood what her daughter was dealing with. “Every time I’m on the ‘Today’ show, I’m like, ‘Carson! You saved my life,” Trainor said to Shetty. “He saved my family relationship because I resented them.”