Bruce Springsteen Was 'Crushed' By His Mental Health Struggles

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(Classic Rock) Bruce Springsteen has revealed that he still worries about his mental health after admitting his battle with depression left him "crushed" a few years ago.

The 66-year-old singer-songwriter says his wife Patti Scialfa observes his bouts of mental illness as "a freight train bearing down" on him. He also describes his inner struggle as a car with multiple versions of himself inside - and there's no way of knowing which one is in the driver's seat.

He tells Vanity Fair: "I was crushed between 60 and 62, good for a year and out again from 63 to 64. Not a good record. Whoever you've been and wherever you've been, it never leaves you. I always picture it as a car. All your selves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can't ever get out. The important thing is, who's got their hands on the wheel at any given moment?"

He adds: "Playing a show brings a tremendous amount of euphoria - and the danger of it is, there's always that moment, comes every night, where you think, 'Hey, man, I'm gonna live forever.' You're feeling all your power.

"And then you come offstage, and the main thing you realize is 'Well, that's over.' Mortality sets back in. I realize there is a finite amount of time in which I'm going to continue to do what I'm doing." here.

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