The troubled singer admits that he toyed with the glamorous idea of having a "dark side", but he quickly spiralled into a traumatic mire of debauchery that left him at rock bottom.
He recalls, "I reached a point in my life where I had to get my s**t together, figure out there was a human being inside that was being neglected.
"Instead of always working, I took a couple of years off, just trying to figure out who I was and working out if I wanted to keep doing this or not. I had become a terrible addict."
It was at this point that Reznor swallowed his pride and turned to therapy.
He continues, "I thought, 'What the f**k, whatever it takes.' My way sure wasn't working.
"It's been a very humbling learning experience. It's one thing to talk about this romantic notion of a dark side. Embracing it and really getting deep into it? I don't ever wanna go there again."31/03/2005 17:39