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Ari Lennox Announces On Instagram That She Won't Fly Anymore Due To Aerophobia
Not everyone is keen on airplane travel for a variety of reasons, and singer Ari Lennox is one such person.
Over Juneteenth weekend, she shared on Instagram that she struggles with aerophobia- also called aviophobia. Fear of flying has so impacted her peace of mind, that she will no longer perform at any venues that can only be accessed by aircraft.
While on board a flight to Minneapolis, Lenox wrote, “for my mental health and my sanity I will not be doing any shows that require me to fly. I cannot keep torturing myself with this huge fear of mine. It is literally destroying my health. Enough is enough. I’m so sorry to all that are inconvenienced by this. Don’t know what this will mean for my career, but I just can’t do it.”
She appealed for help finding a therapist who can help her conquer the phobia. But in the meantime, she’s doing what she feels must be done to center herself, and that’s always advisable.
Fans were quick to offer their support on social media.
A Twitter post from All Things Ari Lennox showed a woman holding up a sign saying “I’ll Drive U Anywhere, Bae. I Love You.”
Heartened by the sentiment, Lennox re-tweeted the post and wrote, “I love you so much! And you don’t have to drive- y’all make getting there so damn worth it. I’ll see y’all at the next show.”
This isn’t the first time Lennox has taken measures to safeguard her mental health.
As reported by Essence, “she expressed desire to be dropped from her labels in January and disclosed that her 31st birthday in March was her most depressing to date. It looks as if Lennox is taking the time to prioritize what works best for her as she handles the ups and downs of her career.”
Aerophobia is a treatable and common phobia; impacting “around 20 million people in the US alone,” according to Thriving Center of Psychology. A brief bout of discomfort during a flight is normal, but for some, it evolves into a full-blown panic attack which makes flying hell. In more extreme cases, the very thought of being airborne can trigger anxiety.
Wishing Lennox all the best!