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Bruce Springsteen opens up about depression in his new memoir

The singer reveals that the recording of Wrecking Ball in 2012 was one of his lowest points.

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TALKS about his battle with depression and how he has sought relief in his new autobiography, Born to Run.

The singer opens up about his recent struggles, revealing how the recording of his 2012 album – Wrecking Ball – was one of his lowest points, but his bandmates were none the wiser.

“I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair magazine Springsteen said, “I knew I was gonna ‘go there’ in the book”.

He described how, when he isn’t well, his wife Patti Scialfa gets him to the doctors and says, ‘This man needs a pill’.

Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track.

Springsteen also addresses his relationship with his father – describing how his dad also struggled with depression. However, he says he has now overcome the issues he had with his father.

In the book he recalls his dad, Doug Springsteen, impromptly driving 400 miles to his son’s home in LA before the birth of Bruce’s first child.

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Over beers his father said, “Bruce, you’ve been very good to us … and I wasn’t very good to you.”

Springsteen writes, “That was it … It was all that I needed, all that was necessary.”

Discussing the 500-page memoir in Vanity Fair, the singer and songwriter said:

One of the points I’m making in the book is that, whoever you’ve been and wherever you’ve been, it never leaves you.

“I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The important thing is, who’s got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?”

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