Famous Rock Singer Was ‘Close’ To Committing Suicide: ‘I Get Chris Cornell & Chester Bennington’


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People are reporting that Rick Springfield opened up about his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts in a new interview on SiriusXM’s Feedback.

“Last year I was close to it, really close to it,” Springfield told host Lori Majewski about nearly ending his life.

“‘Suicide Manifesto’ is stuff I think about. I’ve been close to it,” he said about his forthcoming song from his new album, The Snake King. “When Robin Williams and Chester [Bennington and Chris Cornell] and those guys … I didn’t go, ‘Oh that’s terrible.’ I went, ‘I get it.’ I get being that lost and dark.”

Adding, “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.”

In his 2011 autobiography, Late, Late at Night, he opened up about the depression, which he calls The Darkness or “Mr. D,” he first suffered when he was 17, when he tried to commit suicide. The rope fortunately snapped.

“I tried. I don’t know how I survived it, but I survived the hanging,” Springfield told Majewski recalling the incident that happened nearly five decades ago.

“When I had kids I said, ‘Okay 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. It’s really weird … it would devastate them,” he said. “I don’t know how I could ever come to terms with that. But it rides on my shoulder every day.”

  • Olga Stewart

    My heart goes out to Rick.

    Every day he faces those demons. And he fights to keep them at bay.

    And that is not easy.

    Also, I’m very glad that there is someone else who understands what Robin, Chris, and Chester and others have went/go through in regards to dealing with depression.

    • Kay B

      Exactly. I’m sick of hearing the bullshit he took the easy way out or he was selfish.

      • Olga Stewart

        Until someone personally deals with depression, then they have no idea what another person goes through (who is dealing with depression).

        Nor do they have the right to judge.

        • Trovoid

          Even some dealing with mental illness think they have the right to judge a suicide because they have kept on going and compare their depression to those who commit suicide. They should be glad they haven’t gotten to the point of wanting to take their own life.

          • Olga Stewart

            Today I both felt depressed and had a bit of a crying jag.

            Most of the time I’m doing all right.

            But sometimes there is a reminder that the ‘black dog’ is still there for me to both be aware of and to deal with.

            Some time ago, I did have a knife pointed at my wrist. Fortunately, both my husband took the knife away from me and then I phoned my counsellor (at the time).

            So I understand exactly what it is like to be at the point where you feel leaving the earth is the only way to end the hurt.

            Therefore, I am very grateful for each day that I have on this earth. And I never take it for granted that I’m both alive and working on things to make myself a better person.

          • Kay B

            I’m glad you are still with us Olga. You are wise and it shows.

          • Olga Stewart

            Thank you, as that is most appreciated. :).

          • Trovoid

            I’m sorry to hear that you had one of those days, Olga. At the same time I’m glad that you have better days too and have found gratitude for your life. Life can get dark for people like us but at the same time I feel like it gives us a new appreciation for our existence. I have also felt that the only solution to all of my pain was death. I completely understand why people choose suicide and I relate to your struggles. The feelings (or lack of) consume every fibre of your being and the conditions of your life feel insolvable. It’s a frightening place to be. As long as we’re constantly working on improving ourselves, we’ll find some meaning and reasons to live.

          • Olga Stewart

            Thank you for your kind, understanding, and supportive words. :).

          • Kay B

            Exactly. It is great those people make it. It really is. But they can’t demean someone for choosing a different way for what they would have done. There is all types of depression. And people handle it differently. The survivors are exceptional people but not the rule.

          • Trovoid

            Well said. I’ve read that those who seem to live extraordinary lives don’t handle setbacks as well as other people. And that may be the very reason many of them are ambitious enough to set such crazy goals and put such high expectations on themselves in the first place. That dissatisfaction is oftentimes a driving factor for their own success (and downfall).

          • Kay B

            Well said also. I agree.

          • Olga Stewart

            I think a life is extraordinary when you have learned about yourself, about where you are in this world, and about what you can do to make it better.

            But that’s just me.

            And in regards to setbacks, people have told me that I am strong when it comes to dealing with such things.

            However, I don’t see it that way.

            I just see it as that I have to both get up and try again until I can accomplish what I want to.

            I’m not some extraordinary person. Just a person who is learning, growing, and evolving like other people in this world.

          • Trovoid

            You seem to have a very level-headed view on this life, Olga. When we stop focusing on improving ourselves or impacting the world in some way, we have nothing.

            I think people like Chris put too much pressure on themselves. They chased the highest of highs and crashed with the lowest of lows.