Rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen recently said he sometimes feels like an “empty vessel” while opening up about his stressful childhood and lifelong battle with mental illness.
Springsteen is known for his cheerful and upbeat music, but recently let his guard down during an intimate profile with Esquire. “The Boss” acknowledges that he hasn’t always taken care of himself properly, self-medicating with drinking and isolation.
“As we age, the weight of our unsorted baggage becomes heavier,” said Springsteen.
Springsteen claims depression runs in his family, and speaks openly about being abused and neglected by his depressive father. He goes on to admit that he didn’t start addressing these layers of trauma until his 40s. From the sound of it, Springsteen is still battling every day.
Fans are proud of Bruce for speaking out about his deep struggle.
god bless bruce and all the people that suffer from depression.— Bobby bartram (@BartramBobby) November 30, 2018
TY @Springsteen for talking about #mentalhealth & #wellbeing in @esquire https://t.co/3QADAuTrEa #Anxiety & #depression are mainstream #health challenges for everyday people in America. Bruce tells his own story as only he can #behavioralhealth #MusicTherapy pic.twitter.com/1ZMk3MAR1n— Jane Sarasohn-Kahn (@healthythinker) November 30, 2018
Depression doesn’t discriminate. Talking about mental health makes all the difference, thank you Bruce Springsteen! https://t.co/iAWM4Oh6tR— Connor's Climb (@ConnorsClimb) November 30, 2018
I always love when celebrities talk about their struggle with depression and how therapy can help. It's one of the best ways to de-stigmatize mental health. Thanks, Bruce! The Mind Is a Terrifying Place. Even For Bruce Springsteen. https://t.co/cwj1AQqKsm pic.twitter.com/eSMMHRAwMD— Lotus Point Wellness (@MarieChoppinMSW) November 30, 2018
Lots of folks are relating hard to Springsteen’s comments about depression.
Bruce Springsteen is a universally beloved rock star with a stable family and he has to take meds for depression. So yeah.— 2Belle & 9Sebastian (@CBrimstone) November 29, 2018
He’s an incredible man. Thank you for sharing #BruceSpringsteen you are not alone and we need to support eachother. #TheBoss— Kimberly Aguilar (@oceanbound79) November 29, 2018
Bruce Springsteen opens up about his battles with depression: 'I know I am not completely well' @CNN https://t.co/QinWiY42eM
Springsteen on Broadway | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix https://t.co/yUbXEvf78g via @YouTube. I have struggled with depression For over 20 years this brings to light on what’s going on to many people who live in silence with this silent killer.— Milton (@miltonhope07) November 29, 2018
@springsteen Thank you for your candid thoughts about your depression. A tough morning and I saw a clip of your interview and suddenly the world was a little smaller.— Allison (@allisonc437) November 29, 2018
@springsteen Bruce, Thank you for opening up about your depression and mental illness. I to suffer from mental illness and depression. But I have a saint. My psychiatrist is Dr. Patrick Wong in Northern Calif. at Kaiser Permanete Hospital. He has giving me back my sanity& mysmile— sue tsorakis (@suetsorakis) November 29, 2018
On the bright side, Springsteen is releasing his one-man Broadway show on Netflix!
Check out “Springsteen on Broadway” on Netflix. I had the pleasure of seeing the show last year... do yourself a favour and check this out. You won’t regret it ! pic.twitter.com/cUPY3YwDyH— patricia mccolgan (@Patricia086) November 30, 2018
I saw #SpringsteenOnBroadway in September. The amazing thing about the show was the way that Bruce made this so easy to talk about and understand. A powerful message, and why I have been a fan for 40 + years. Thanks @springsteen.— Kevin Ault (@kevinault) November 30, 2018
If you’re struggling and need emotional support, don’t be afraid to reach out! We hope Springsteen’s bravery inspires others to face their demons and seek help.