12 Famous People With Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by disabling mood episodes lasting days to weeks at a time. Mood episodes may cause a person to feel abnormally happy, energetic, or irritable (known as a manic or hypomanic episode), or very low and empty (known as a depressive episode).

Former Disney star Selena Gomez, who first rose to fame on the television show Wizards of Waverly Place, revealed in April 2020 that she has bipolar disorder.

Selena Gomez, Actress and Singer

Ye, known as Kanye West before he legally changed his name, is widely considered one of the most influential rappers of all time, boasting 22 Grammys to date.

Ye (Kanye West), Rapper

Pop star Mariah Carey revealed in a 2018 interview with People that she'd been living with bipolar 2 disorder for nearly two decades.

Mariah Carey, Singer-Songwriter

Pete Wentz belongs to the award-winning rock band Fall Out Boy, known for hits like “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” and “Dance, Dance.” But amid his success, Wentz was struggling behind the scenes during the band’s early years.

Pete Wentz, Bassist for Fall Out Boy

The late Carrie Fisher's portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy turned her into a pop-culture icon. However, partly due to her tumultuous childhood, she struggled with drug and alcohol addictions.

Carrie Fisher, Actress

The Belgian kickboxer Jean-Claude Van Damme has appeared in numerous action films, including Bloodsport, Sudden Death, and Universal Soldier. While his movie career took off, Van Damme's personal life was unraveling.

Jean-Claude Van Damme, Actor and Kickboxer

Linda Hamilton is best known for her role as Sarah Connor in Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Linda Hamilton, Actress

The Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor often made headlines in the late 1980s and 1990s with her Grammy-winning songs and rebellious attitude. However, as her fame grew in her twenties, so did her struggles with mental illness.

Sinéad O'Connor, Singer-Songwriter

The television journalist Jane Pauley made her network debut on NBC's Today show at age 25. She went on to work for the network's Dateline and later had her own talk show.

Jane Pauley, Television Host and Author

The Academy Award–winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones first became known to movie audiences in the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro. In 2000, she married actor Michael Douglas.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Actress

In 2017, rocker Scott Stapp made headlines for his alcohol and drug addiction and erratic behavior. "In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism," he told People.

Scott Stapp, Frontman for Creed

The 20th-century English novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf is said to have expanded the boundaries of the novel with works such as Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. But she experienced mood swings and breakdowns throughout her life.

Virginia Woolf, Writer