Bruce Springsteen has talked about his battle with depression in a new interview.
The veteran singer-songwriter is due to publish his autobiography Born To Run on September 27. Ahead of the book release, Springsteen spoke to CBS Sunday Morning, touching upon his struggles with mental health problems.
“It lasted for a long time – it would last for a year and then it would slip away. Then it would come back for a year-and-a-half,” he said.
“It sneaks up on you. It’s like this thing that engulfs you. I got to where I didn’t want to get out of bed, you know? And you’re not behaving well at home and you’re tough on everybody. Hopefully not the kids. I always try to hide it from the kids. But you know, Patti [Scialfa, wife] really had to work with me through it. And her strength and the love she had was very important as far as guiding me through it. She said, ‘Well, you’re gonna be okay. Maybe not today or tomorrow! But it’s gonna be all right.”
“I believe every artist had someone who told them that they weren’t worth dirt and someone who told them that they were the second coming of the baby Jesus, and they believed ‘em both,” Springsteen added. “And that’s the fuel that starts the fire.”
Born To Run is published by Simon & Schuster on September 27. Springsteen began writing Born To Run privately in 2009, before the deal with Simon & Schuster was announced in 2015.
Three days earlier, a companion album called ‘Chapter & Verse’ will be released. The album sees Springsteen choose 18 songs from his teenage years to 2012’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ album which the singer feels reflects the themes in the book.
The album includes five unreleased songs spanning 1966-72 before Springsteen’s 1973 debut album ‘Greetings From Asbury Park NJ’. These are ‘Baby I’ and ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’ by Springsteen’s early band The Castiles; ‘Ballad Of Jesse James’ by The Springsteen Band; and solo songs ‘He’s Guilty (The Judge Song)’ and ‘Henry Boy’.