‘The Boss’ has opened up about his battle with clinical depression. In Bruce Springsteen’s new memoir, the rock legend said that he struggles with the devastating mental illness, even admitting that in recent years, it has left him feeling absolutely ‘crushed!’
“You don’t know the illness’s parameters,” Bruce, 66, told Vanity Fair ahead of the release of his memoir, Born To Run. In the book, the “Glory Days” singer revealed his family history’s of mental illness, including how his late father, Doug Springsteen, suffered with many undiagnosed disorders. “Can I get sick enough where I become a lot more like my father than I thought I might?” Bruce openly worried in the interview.
Bruce’s memoir also recounts how he’s dealt with his own depression in recent years. “I was crushed between [age] sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four,” he writes in the book. “Not a good record.”
Born To Run explains how Bruce’s father came from a family plagued with agoraphobia, hair-pulling disorders and aunts who “emitted inappropriate howling noises.” While raising Bruce, Doug underwent bouts of paranoid and tears, which has left The Boss fearful that such a fate is also his future.
The tell-all also explains how his wife, Patti Scialfa, 63, has witnessed Bruce at his darkest moments. “Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerine and running quickly out of track,” he writes. “She gets me to the doctors and says, ‘This man needs a pill.’” Though Patti told Vanity Fair that she wasn’t “completely comfortable with that part of the book,” she did admit that putting his struggles on paper would help Bruce cope with his depression.
“That’s Bruce. He approached the book the way he would approach writing a song, and a lot of times, you solve something that you’re trying to figure out through the process of writing,” she said. “So in that regard, I think it’s great for him to write about depression. A lot of his work comes from him trying to overcome that part of himself.”
Bruce’s book, Born To Run, is set for a Sept. 27 release date. His interview with David Kamp, with photos by Annie Liebovitz, is featured in the Oct. 2016 issue of Vanity Fair.
What do you think about Bruce opening up about his depression, HollywoodLifers? Are you glad that “The Boss” took the brave step to talk about his battle?