Bruce Springsteen Opens Up About His Bouts of Depression: 'I Didn't Want to Get Out of Bed'
Bruce Springsteen credits his wife with helping him get through his battle with depression
Bruce Springsteen may be known as The Boss, but there were times in his life where he felt anything but on top.
The rock legend, who will celebrate his 67th birthday next week, delves into his battle with depression in his forthcoming book, Born to Run, which he spoke about during an interview on CBS’s Sunday Morning.
Springsteen told CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason that he started experiencing bouts of depression when he entered his 60s. He says the feeling would last for over a year, then go away and come back.
“It sneaks up on you,” Springsteen explained. “I got to where I didn’t want to get out of bed, you know?”
Battling depression proved to be a struggle for his entire family, but he credits wife and E Street Band member Patti Scialfa with being his support system during the tough times.
“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,” Springsteen said. “But, you know, Patti really had to work with me through it … her strength and the love she had was very important.”
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In his book, Springsteen also tackles his rocky relationship with his father, who suffered from mental illness and was not a reliable figure growing up.
“I knew I was gonna ‘go there’ in the book,” he told Vanity Fair for their October issue. “I had to find the roots of my own troubles and issues – and the joyful things that have allowed me to put on the kind of shows that we put on.”
Those concerts have included a recent world tour climaxing with shows that lasted a record-breaking four hours in New Jersey, which he upped again during his Philadelphia show just one week later.
In his Vanity Fair interview, he calls performing “the trustiest form of self-medication.”
Springsteen’s full interview with air on CBS’s Sunday Morning on Sept. 18. His autobiography Born to Run hits bookshelves Sept. 27.