Chris Cornell’s eldest child, Lily Cornell Silver, is taking a break from college to tend to her mental and emotional well-being.
Silver, who turns 19 this month, spoke out about it on Instagram after there was apparent gossip over why she isn’t currently in school. She said that “certain parties are passing judgement and creating rumors,” leading to her setting the record straight.
“I didn’t ‘drop out of college,’” wrote Silver, who is from her father’s first marriage to music manager Susan Silver, “although it shouldn’t matter if I did.” Instead, “I took a temporary leave of absence to tend to my mental and emotional health, which was in part damaged by those who are gossiping about me,” she wrote.
Silver continued, “Shaming anyone for deciding to postpone [their] education in order to take care of themselves — which should always be the first priority — is cruel and a huge part of the reason why mental health continues to be a worldwide issue and is so stigmatized.”
The post ended with, “Think twice before you judge somebody for experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, etc., and taking a step back to practice self care as opposed to forcing themselves through it.”
A subsequent post added, “Mental health and education are two things I take very seriously which happens to be how I graduated with a 4.0. Nice try tho.”
Silver’s father, the famed singer from Soundgarden and Audioslave, died by suicide at the age of 52 in May 2017. He struggled with addiction and depression and anxiety.
Silver has made public appearances since then to honor his memory — typically alongside her step-siblings, Toni and Christopher, from Cornell’s second marriage to Vicky Cornell.
From what she’s shared on her Instagram, Silver — a singer like her dad — has a boyfriend, Isaiah Jeannot, but she also has bullies. A recent photo of them together was captioned, “i got my love, my friends, my family, and myself. evil doesn’t phase me.”
After Cornell’s death two years ago, Silver paid tribute to him on a post shared on Facebook. She wrote, in part, that she and her siblings “promise to survive, persevere and thrive — as we’ve always done.”
Chris Cornell with wife Vicky Cornell
Chris Cornell with wife Vicky Cornell
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Chris Cornell (C) with daughter Toni and wife Vicky Karayiannis attend the American Ballet Theatre 2014 Opening Night Spring Gala>> at The Metropolitan Opera House on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Chris Cornell (L) and Vicky Karayiannis attend Grey Goose Vodka and Vanity Fair present in part the world premiere of Columbia Pictures And Annapurna Pictures 'American Hustle' at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Grey Goose)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Musician Chris Cornell and wife Vicky Cornell attend the 3rd Annual MusiCares MAP fund benefit at the Music Box in the Henry Fonda Theater on May 11, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 11: (L-R) Christopher Cornell, Chris Cornell, Toni Karayiannis and Vicky Cornell attend Hollywood and Fashion Support the 5th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit at Beverly Hills on March 11, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Andreas Branch/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 09: Musician/presenter Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis pose in the pressroom during of Spike TV's First Annual 'Guys Choice' taped at Radford Studios on June 9, 2007 in Studio City, California. Spike TV?s ?Guys Choice? premieres June 13, 2007 at 10:00pm ET/PT. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LONDON - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Chris Cornell and wife Vicky attend the Casino Royale After Party held in Berkley Square on November 14, 2006, in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 30: Chris Cornell and Vicky Karayiannis attend Janet Jackson '20 Y.O.' Album Release Party at TAO Las Vegas at The Venetian on September 30, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)