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Taylor Momsen speaks about losing a close friend

Taylor Momsen
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Taylor Momsen from The Pretty Reckless has been a recent guest on a mental health awareness podcast sharing her struggles with Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily Cornell Silver.

The Mind Wide Openseries was launched by Silver following her father’s death in 2017 when the Soundgarden frontman took his own life.

Each episode aims to “help de-stigmatise the conversation around mental health” with open discussions from high-profile musicians and their personal experiences.

Momsen’s band were supporting Soundgarden at the time of Cornell’s death.

She said: “It’s a little bizarre to speak to you, because it started with your father, losing him. We were opening for Soundgarden, which, to me, was the highest of highs.

“Respect is not the right word; I love your father, I love their music, I love Soundgarden so much, to my core that I still don’t know how to put it into words. To be on that tour opening for them was just the most incredible honor and experience of my life. Obviously, it ended tragically.”

Momsen found listening to music helped her come to terms losing her close friend.

She continued: “If you’re standing on a frozen lake, and you’re on one side and have to get to the other side, it’s going to seem like an impossible task.

“If you just look down and just put one foot in front of the other foot, pretty soon you’re going to turn around and be closer to the other side than the side you started from, and that’s living.

“Talking to people about mental health is the first step on the road to healing. It was a pleasure discussing these things with Lilly Cornell Silver, who is bravely working to shed light on the stigma of mental health.”

For mental health support visit the Mind website.