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Kendall Jenner recalls having anxiety-induced ‘meltdowns on planes’ during early modeling days

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Kendall Jenner’s anxiety issues were once triggered by air Travel.

“I remember having these meltdowns on planes,” the “Kardashians” star, 28, shared in her summer 2024 Vogue cover story, which was published Thursday.

“They would come out of nowhere. I’d be like, ‘Oh my God, oh my God,’ something’s wrong with my heart: palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, double vision, tingles. The whole thing.”

Jenner said she would call her mom, Kris Jenner, “hysterically crying” and say, “I need them to stop the plane, I need them to turn around.'”

Kendall Jenner modeling on a runway.
Kendall recalled having “meltdowns” on plane a year or two into her modeling career. Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Kendall Jenner for Vogue.
She said she would suffer palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness, among other symptoms. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MERT ALAS AND MARCUS PIGGOTT

The fashion model has been very open about her struggles with mental health in the past.

In 2018, Kendall shared she didn’t walk any runways in Europe and New York City for the spring/summer fashion week shows that year because she felt she was “gonna go crazy.”

“I was on the verge of a mental breakdown,” she admitted to Elle at the time.

Kendall Jenner modeling when she was younger.
Kendall has been dealing with anxiety from a young age. WireImage
Kendall Jenner.
“I was on the verge of a mental breakdown,” she previously admitted. Kendalljenner/Instagram

Then, in 2021, Kendall told Vogue that she has been experiencing anxiety since she was a child, and at times it making her feel as if she were “dying.”

“I remember being really young – I’d say 8, 9, 10 – and having shortness of breath and going to my mom and telling her that,” the Hulu star explained.


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“I’ve had times where I feel like I need to be rushed to the hospital because I think my heart’s failing, and I can’t breathe, and I need someone to help me. Sometimes I think I’m dying.”

Kendall Jenner on a horse.
Kendall has had to be rushed to the hospital for her anxiety issues. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MERT ALAS AND MARCUS PIGGOTT
Kendall Jenner hunched over in bed.
“Sometimes I think I’m dying,” she previously confessed. kendalljenner/Instagram

More recently, Kendall confessed on her reality show that she is scared to have children because of her mental Health struggles.

‌”Honestly, the scariest part for me is, am I just going to get worse throughout life?” the reality star said during a conversation with Scott Disick in the October 2023 episode.

“Because I feel like it’s worse than ever right now. The older I get, is it just going to get worse and worse?”

Kendall Jenner in her Vogue cover shoot.
Kendall has expressed concerns over becoming a mom due to her mental health struggles. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MERT ALAS AND MARCUS PIGGOTT
Kendall Jenner.
“The older I get, is it just going to get worse and worse?” she has asked herself. Kendall Jenner/Instagram

Despite Kendall’s fears for the future, the 818 Tequila founder told Vogue for their latest issue that she has actually gotten her issues somewhat under control, noting it’s been two years since her last panic attack.

Kendall shared that deep breathing, distraction, meditation, journaling and periodic consultations with a spiritual healer have been really helpful — as well as speaking weekly with a psychotherapist.

“A huge thing I work on in therapy is feeling worthy of where I’m at and knowing that I can’t let what’s being said about me on the internet, especially about my worthiness, get in my head too much,” she explained. “I let it get there, and I think that’s what brings me down a lot of the time.”

Kendall Jenner on a bench.
Kendall has taken active steps to improve her mental health like getting out of bed and putting “one foot in front of the other.” kendalljenner/instagram
Kendall Jenner in front of the ocean on a trip.
She told Vogue, “Choosing to sit in my bed and mope all day is setting myself up for failure.” kendalljenner/Instagram

Kendall shared that her older sister Khloé Kardashian has advised her to not read mean comments on social media to protect her mental Health.

The face of L’Oréal Paris also makes an effort to get out of bed, put “one foot in front of the other” and get her “blood flowing” to make her feel better.

She added, “When I say I’m struggling right now, I’m not doing those helpful things. Choosing to sit in my bed and mope all day is setting myself up for failure.”

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