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Rick Springfield Opens Up About Battle with Depression, Reveals He Considered Suicide

Rick Springfield has revealed his lifelong struggle with depression.

During a recent interview on SiriusXM, the 68-year-old rocked opened up about his battle with depression before also revealing that he’s had thoughts of suicide.

“Last year I was close to it, really close to it,” Rick said about nearly committing suicide last year.

Rick stopped by the show to promote his upcoming album The Snake King and shared that one of the songs on the album is about his battle.

“‘Suicide Manifesto’ is stuff I think about. I’ve been close to it,” Rick said. “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…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.”

Rick went on to say that he is now taking medication and mediating to help with keep him in a better place.

“We’ve all had the social front and it just makes me feel like such a liar when I go home and I look in the mirror and I go, ‘Really, you said that to somebody? That everything’s great and you’re feeling awesome? That’s bulls—,’” Rick continued. “I’m at the point now in my life where I want to do what’s truthful.”

Meryl Streep Got A Guitar Lesson from Neil Young for 'Ricki & The Flash'!

Meryl Streep happily poses alongside her daughter Mamie Gummer and her co-star Rick Springfield at the premiere of Ricki And The Flash held at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater on Monday (August 3) in New York City.

The three actors were joined at the event by Marisa Tomei, Sami Gayle, Orange Is The New Black stars Laverne Cox, Lea DeLaria, Jackie Cruz, and Selenis Leyva, Fuller House‘s Candace Cameron Bure, Christine Baranski, Jennifer Esposito, Donna Murphy, and Carmen Carrera.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Meryl Streep

That same evening, Meryl made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and revealed that she received her first guitar lesson from Neil Young for the flick – Watch the interview below!

FYI: Meryl is wearing a Valentino dress and L.K.Bennett shoes at the premiere and a Balmain jumpsuit on The Tonight Show.


Meryl Streep – ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

30+ pictures inside of Meryl Streep and others and the premiere of Rick And The FlashMore Here! »

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Meryl Streep & Daughter Mamie Gummer Promote 'Ricki & the Flash' in New York City

Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer strike poses as they attend the photo call for their new movie Ricki And The Flash held at Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sunday (August 2) in New York City.

The real-life mother-daughter duo was joined by their co-star, musician Rick Springfield.

Rick was endlessly kind and patient with me, and it must have been a colossal nightmare for him to hear me make the same mistake on the same chord for like a week,” Meryl told The New York Times about learning to play guitar. “It was almost as if Jonathan [Demme, the director] cast the band as much for their compassion as for their rock cred.”

FYI: Meryl is wearing a Derek Lam dress, Alexandre Birman shoes, and Norman Silverman Diamonds jewelry. Mamie is wearing a Maje dress and Nicholas Kirkwood shoes.

20+ pictures inside of Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer promoting their movie in NYC…More Here! »

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