Bruce Springsteen has revealed that he has battled depression for over thirty years and has been seeing a psychiatrist since 1982. In a revealing interview with The New Yorker, which profiles the legendary New Jersey musician, at the age of 62, Bruce explains that he is, in some ways, grateful for the demons that haunt him, as they charge his epic live performances, which he describes as being a product of "pure fear and self-loathing."
"Look, you cannot underestimate the fine power of self-loathing in all of this," explained the man they call The Boss. "You think, I don't like anything I'm seeing, I don't like anything I'm doing, but I need to change myself, I need to transform myself. I do not know a single artist who does not run on that fuel." By the time Springsteen was on the cusp of global success, back in 1982, the songwriter was haunted by his depression. His biographer David Marsh could relate to the way that the artist felt at that time. "He was feeling suicidal," said his biographer, Dave Marsh. "The depression wasn't shocking, per se. He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something, and now you are getting you're a** kissed day and night. You might start to have some inner conflicts about your real self-worth."
Springsteen's guitarist Steve Van Zandt chipped in to the interview, explaining that Springsteen is the only person he know "that never did drugs" and praised the musician for having followed the same exercise regime for many years: "He has practically the same waist size as when I met him, when we were fifteen."