Exclusive Interview: Huntress' Jill Janus Discusses Her Lifelong Battle with Mental Illness and Recent Cancer Diagnosis
The following is several excerpts the Huntress profile in the August/September issue of Revolver--which is on newsstands July 21 and is available for purchase in our webstore. Here, frontwoman Jill Janus opens up for the first time about her lifelong battle with mental illness and recent cancer diagnosis.
by J. Bennett
You probably know Jill Janus as the badass frontwoman for Los Angeles metal battalion Huntress, who have spent the last several years tearing up the global touring circuit with the likes of Amon Amarth, Lamb of God, DragonForce, and many more. In that time, they’ve released two albums—2012’s 'Spell Eater' and 2013’s 'Starbound Beast'—and they’re about to unveil their third, 'Static,' this fall. What you don’t know is that Janus has been suffering from severe mental illnesses for most of her life—including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dissociative identity disorder, a condition previously known as multiple personality disorder. In fact, Janus was released from the psych ward just 10 days before she met with Revolver to discuss her mental health publicly for the first time.
In her most personal interview ever, Janus divulges her psychiatric history, her numerous suicide attempts, her perilous physical health, and reveals the identity of the longtime boyfriend who has proven to be her savior. She says she’s decided to address these topics openly because she wants others to reach out for help if they need it. “If you are hurting, you are not alone,” she offers. “I am revealing these things about myself because you don’t have to be ashamed. We are survivors!”