Summer Walker Opens Up About Her Struggles With Social Anxiety After Almost Skipping BET Soul Train Awards

Summer Walker is hitting back at critics who question her social anxiety.

The R&B artist, 23, who took home the Best New Artist at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards on Sunday, opened up about her struggles after almost not making it to the live show.

“I wasn’t even going to go today cause I was too scared. I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my regular clothes,” she wrote to Instagram. “By the time my name was called, I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone else [because I] so nervous and I was shaking. BUT I pushed through my #SocialAnxiety today and I’m really glad I did because the Soul Train experience is something any true music lover will never forget.”

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I wasn’t even gonna go today cause I was to scared, I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my reg deg clothes. When I got there I doged the red carpet and tried to get escorted through the back, finally getting to my seat I had to keep sneaking to pat my underarms from sweating, for no reason other than people were looking at me, I kept my arms folded and tried not to be seen. by the time my name was called I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone one else from being so nervous & was shaking BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget🖤

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But the post was quickly met with backlash, with many calling the disorder “fake” or an “excuse.”

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“These women have children,” Walker said in another post of her critics. “It makes me feel so bad because it’s clear that if the children are developing, or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression or schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be ‘an act.’”

She added, “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child. My s**t started at six, so yes, kids have it too.”

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1. bareface & beautiful 2.you know the scariest shit I’ve been witnessing is that most of the women leaving negative comments like “it’s an act” , “I don’t have the right to act like this b/c I’m famous, “bitch you slow” or just flat out making fun of me for being vulnerable. HAVE CHILDREN, these women have children. It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be “an act”. These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽‍♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.

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This isn’t the first time Walker has opened up about her anxiety, she recently cancelled upcoming tour dates citing her extreme anxiety.

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