Little known fact: Kendall Jenner and Lana del Rey are friends. The two are such good friends that the del Rey took time out of her South American concert tour to phone in an interview with KJ about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness for the June issue of Elle. All jokes aside, the 22-year-old model and the “Summertime Sadness” singer had more than a few moments of real talk where they unpacked serious mental health issues like anxiety, and the impact of social media.
“It’s interesting; ever since I said something about being anxious, a lot of people in the spotlight have come to me, being like, ‘Oh my God, me too!’ There’s this community. I take what they do to help themselves and piece it together to find what helps me,” said Jenner to the singer, 32, who proves that even the wealthiest and most privileged people of the world are not immune to crippling anxiety.
Lana del Rey, who admits she hasn’t been extremely vocal about her own mental health issues in the past, offers insights into how she deals with the pressures of anxiety.
“I haven’t spoken that much about my anxiety over the years,” said del Rey. “But one of the cool things that’s come up is the focus on self-care. I do meditations for joy and happiness and try not to spread myself too thin.”
Jenner’s come up with her own self-care routines, which now include Transcendental Meditation, and a nightly dose of Netflix and chill. Of course, no celebrity wellness routine would be replete without an in-house (literally, in your house) healer.
“When I’m about to fall asleep, I’ll put on Trailer Park Boys,” Jenner said. “I love it; it’s so stupid.” She also pays a healer who “just hangs out at the house for good energy. I got such an amazing vibe from him. I was like, You need to be around me now.” Same?
When you have a following of over 8 million Instagram followers, the pressures of the digital world probably would drive someone to require a healer who just hangs around your home. Despite her larger-than-life online presence, KJ isn’t obsessed with social media.
“It’s an addiction. I’ll be at dinner with my good friends, and I’ll look at someone on their phone. They’re not texting someone, which I could accept. Maybe they’re talking about something important, or figuring out an email? No, they’re on Instagram and Twitter,” she said.
“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, you don’t need to see what everyone else is doing! It’s not like you’re sitting in bed right now.’ I strive to not be that person—to not live my life on my phone.”