Rick Springfield understands what would drive someone like Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell to suicide. He contemplated suicide himself as recently as last year. The rocker opened up about his lifelong battle with depression during an interview on Feedback, VOLUME (Ch. 106)‘s morning show.
“Last year I was close to it, really close to it,” Springfield tells host Lori Majewski.
He addresses his suicidal thoughts in a song titled Suicide Manifesto from his upcoming new album, The Snake King.
“I know I’m kinda known as a happy, pop-y guy, but you know Jessie’s Girl was sexual angst, torment, something I didn’t get. Don’t Talk To Strangers was fear of my girlfriend screwing around on me. They all come from dark places,” he said. “But Suicide Manifesto is stuff I think about. I’ve been close to it. Like when Robin Williams and Chester and those guys…I didn’t go, ‘Oh that’s terrible.’ I went, ‘I get it.’ I mean get being that lost and dark.”
Adding later in the interview, “You’re in so much pain that you just want it to end. I have been there and I know what it’s like and I understand. It’s just part of your makeup.”
This isn’t the first time Springfield has discussed his battle with depression. In his 2011 autobiography, Late, Late at Night, he detailed a suicide attempt at age 17.
“I don’t know how I survived it, but I survived a hanging,” he tells Majewski about the incident.
He also suggests that he thought having kids would change things.
“When I had kids I said, ‘OK, that takes suicide off the table. That’s not an option anymore; I don’t care how bad I feel.’ But now my kids are grown,” he says. “It’s really weird…it would devastate them. I don’t know how I could ever come to terms with that. But it rides on my shoulder every day.”
However, Springfield explains he has found new ways to cope with his mental health issues.
“I’ve taken Prozac and all that kind of stuff, and I meditate,” he explains. “Meditation is the only thing that takes me out of it. If I truly meditate and focus and get to that place, I’m not depressed. No matter what’s going on. But yeah, it’s pretty hard.”