Bruce Springsteen is not afraid to be an open book… literally!
For his memoir Born To Run, the I’m On Fire singer opened up about his longtime battle with depression and his father’s struggle with the same disorder. With the book’s release only a few weeks away, we aren’t shocked to learn that the hitmaker touched on this particular topic while chatting with Vanity Fair.
In an excerpt obtained by the fashion mag, Bruce wrote:
“I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four…Not a good record.”
While the musician touched on his battle with mental illness for the 2012 album Wrecking Ball, many on the outside may not have grasped the gravity of his struggle with the brain disorder. Thankfully, Bruce has an amazing support system in his wife Patti Scialfa as he added:
“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.'”
Intense stuff. Although Patti wasn’t thrilled with the anecdote being included in the memoir, she told VF:
“I think it’s great for him to write about depression.”
Not to mention, Springsteen described in detail the various mental health issues which plagued his family — specifically his father Douglas. One sad tale had Bruce writing about how his father couldn’t say “I love you” to him, even though they had repaired their relationship by the time Douglas had passed away in 1998.
On his troubled relationship with his father, the industry vet shared:
“The best you could get was, ‘Love you, Pops.’ [Switching to his father’s gruff voice.] ‘Eh, me, too.’ 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.”
So sad! We honestly couldn’t be prouder of Bruce for bravely opening up about these trying parts of his past.
Be sure to snag a copy of Born To Run when it hits shelves on September 27.
[Image via Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair.]