Megan Danielle Gets Candid About Her Mental Health Following ‘American Idol’

“Some days are harder than others – I try to rush God’s plan for my life and we all know, that is impossible,” Megan shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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September 21, 2023

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Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

American Idol runner-up, Megan Danielle is opening up to fans in a new Instagram post, giving an honest look into her recent struggles with mental health. 

Since coming off Season 21 Idol, Danielle moved back home to Georgia and has continued to perform at various shows and showcase snippets of her talent through clips on social media. However, despite the fact that all may seem well on the outside, the young artist admits that lately, her priority lied heavily on taking a step back to care for her own well-being. 

Honest Post To Fans

The recent post began with Danielle checking in on her fans and thanking them for their ongoing support of her music career. 

She wrote, “Hey ya’ll, hope y’all are awesome. Thank you for all the constant love & support. Music is in the process, and I can’t wait to share it with you all :)”

Took A Break From Social Media

The “All Around” singer went on to share that this past month she took a “very much needed” break to focus on herself since readjusting to life after Idol

“Even though Idol was a life changer, I have been struggling with my mental health. Some days are harder than others – I try to rush God’s plan for my life and we all know, that is impossible,” Danielle added. 

At the end of her message, Danielle shared a set of faith-filled quotes that have inspired her lately. The first read, “Most of those miracles will never come until you get rid of the chaos in your mind by filling it with God’s word.” The other said, “Do not let the Devil walk on your mind as a sidewalk, otherwise the Word of God has no chance to bring change. The birds will steal it from your heart.”

New Shows Coming Soon

Danielle then offered a reminder to her fans, saying that “it’s okay to let yourself breathe” before hinting that she will soon be sharing details regarding an upcoming show in Alabama. 

Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Support From Fans

The comment section of the vulnerable post was flooded with words of encouragement and understanding as she continues learning to navigate this new chapter of life.  

One user wrote, “Love you girl! Keep shining! ✨” while another said, “Take your break ❤️ mental health matters.”

Even though she didn’t grow up in a household full of singers and musicians, Danielle discovered from an early age that music was her passion. Since then, she’s made every attempt to further her career by showing the world just how much natural-born talent she has.

Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
Megan Danielle; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

Her dreams soon started to turn into a reality when she auditioned for Season 21 of American Idol and came out on top. While catching up with Country Now, the Christian singer shared a glimpse into how her life has changed in the months following the show.

On Tour This Summer

At the beginning of July, she joined fellow Idol alum, Maddie Poppe on the road for her summer headlining run. Considering this stint of shows marked Danielle’s first-ever tour, she admitted that there have certainly been a few challenges along the way, but through it all she made sure to embrace the unique learning opportunity as best she could.

She went on to admit that the most difficult part of this new adventure has been spending so much time away from her family. 

I’m a big family person and even when I was out for American Idol, I was out a long time and I thought I was gonna go crazy at one point,” she continued. “But no, being on tour is really cool. You get to be in like 17 cities in one day and I’m like, what the heck? It’s cool. It’s been really good.”

Since Idol, Danielle has only released one new song fittingly titled, “Dream Girl,” which serves as her current single. 

Co-penned by Season 17 Idol alum Laci Kaye Booth and Logan Wall, the song dropped on May 19, just days before earning one of the highest honors on Idol. Throughout the tune, Megan Danielle delivers a round of encouragement towards going after your dreams despite any obstacles that get in the way. 

“Dream Girl”

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Along with this inspiring tune, she’s also been incorporating a few unreleased originals into her recent sets, including “When I Found You” and “Where I’m Home.” Danielle explained that getting to perform these songs has become one of her favorite moments during her time on stage as it allows the audience to get to know her a bit more through stories from her childhood.  

“They just bring back a time when I was growing up and really just about my parents’ divorce when my dad wasn’t there,” she began. “It not only gives a space for people to relate to, it tells a lot about me that I don’t really know how to explain to people. But in a song, it just comes out so natural and they’re just really special songs. I can’t wait to release them.”

MEGAN DANIELLE; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless
MEGAN DANIELLE; Photo by ABC/Eric McCandless

As she continues to build her catalog of new music each day, using relatable stories from her upbringing, and her faith as inspiration, Danielle hopes fans will get to hear more from her in the near future.   

 “I think my goal for the end of this year is to just release music and keep writing a lot ’cause it is amazing. I feel like every time I go into a writing session or a writing room it’s like therapy. It’s so cool to just be able to sit there and somebody get all of this out of you. It’s crazy, but yeah, it’s just to release music and keep performing.”

Megan Danielle wrapped up her time on the road with Maddie Poppe in August and has yet to officially announce her next tour date. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.