Being a mother can be truly life-changing.

Brandy is on the cover of People, and in the issue she opens up about her decades-long battle with depression and how her daughter Sy’rai saved her.

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In 2006, Brandy was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman. That incident, along with a number of failed relationships, led the singer into a deep depression.

“I remember lying in bed super depressed,” she says. “I [told] myself, ‘So, you’re just going to go out like this? That’s wack. You have a daughter. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for her because this is not the way to leave a mark in her life.'”

She says that her daughter, born in 2002, helped pull her out of that depression.”If Sy’rai wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be either,” she says. “The place that I was in, it just felt like I wasn’t going to make it through.”

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Talking about her recent album B7, her first in eight years, in which she gets candid about her emotional and mental health struggles, Brandy says, “I was thinking, Did I go too deep? Did I go too far in what I was singing about? But I didn’t dwell on those thoughts.”

She adds, “I’m in a place now where I can be proud of moving in the right direction.”