Bruce Springsteen has revealed more about his battle with depression in a new TV interview ahead of the release of his autobiography, Born to Run, at the end of September.
Speaking on the CBS Sunday Morning programme, Springsteen, who turns 67 this Friday, said that his periods of depression could last for years.
"It lasted for a long time - it would last for a year and then it would slip away," he said. "Then it would come back for a year-and-a-half."
He also discussed how he tried to hide his struggle from his children, Evan (26), Jessica (25) and Samuel (22).
"It's like this thing that engulfs you. I got to where I didn’t want to get out of bed, you know? And 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."
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Springsteen added that his wife of 25 years, Patti Scialfa, who also plays with the E Street Band, has been hugely supportive.
"Patti really had to work with me through it. And her strength and the love she had was very important as far as guiding me through it. Well, you’re gonna be okay. Maybe not today or tomorrow! But it's gonna be all right," he said.
Born to Run is published on September 29 and Springsteen has described the book as a story of “poetry, danger, and darkness.”
Publishers Simon & Schuster revealed last February that he spent seven years writing the autobiography. He commenced the story in 2009 following his performance with the E Street Band at the Super Bowl’s half-time show.
Springsteen's story evokes his boyhood in Freehold, New Jersey and as the book blurb says, “His relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band”.
“Writing about yourself is a funny business,” Springsteen has said. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”