Bruce Springsteen is a legendary rockstar who has achieved incredible success in his career. Songs like ‘I’m on Fire’ and ‘Born in the USA’ will forever be remembered. But despite all the wealth and glory, Springsteen has been battling with something that he can no longer stand to keep secret.
Springsteen has revealed that he has been suffering from depression and is scared that he might end up like his father Douglas who also fought mental illness.
Springsteen, 66, explored his history with the mental illness and his father’s fight against it.
“You don’t know the illness’s parameters,’ he said.
“Can I get sick enough to where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?’
“I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four,” the 66-year-old reveals just how the illness has impacted his life in recent years.
“Not a good record.”
His struggles may not have been noticeable to those on the outside, but his wife, Patti Scialfa, would see him at his worst. For those who really read into his songs, they might have noticed a song titled ‘This Depression’ which Springsteen released in 2012 in his album ‘Wrecking Ball’.
“Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track… she gets me to the doctors and says, “This man needs a pill”,’ he wrote, reports Daily Mail.
Scialfa told Vanity Fair she did not enjoy that anecdote being included a memoir Springsteen was writing, but added: “I think it’s great for him to write about depression.”
In the book, Springsteen described himself as coming from a family with prominent mental health issues, although he says they went undiagnosed for the most part.
“As a child, it was simply mysterious, embarrassing and ordinary,” he writes about time spent with his relatives, according to the magazine.
He also detailed his troubled relationship with his father, who was unable to tell his son he loved him despite their relationship recovering to a degree prior to his death in 1998.
‘The best you could get was, “Love you, Pops.” [Switching to his father’s gruff voice.] “Eh, me, too”,’ he told Vanity Fair in a recent interview.
“Even after he had a stroke and he’d be crying, he’d still go, “Me, too.” You’d hear his voice breaking up, but he couldn’t get out the words.”
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