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‘Jessie’s Girl’ Singer Rick Springfield Opens Up About Battling Depression And Suicidal Thoughts

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

When Rick Springfield was 13, he started learning how to play guitar. His career didn’t take off until 1972, when his debut solo single “Speak to the Sky” hit the top 10 in his native Australia.

Later, he moved to the United States to continue his pop rock career.

In 1981, he became a verifiable superstar when his hit song “Jessie’s Girl” reached #1 in both the US and Australia. He even received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

He continued his musical career throughout the next few decades, and added acting to his repertoire. Following his breakout role on General Hospital, Rick appeared in television shows like High TideTrue Detective, and most recently, Supernatural. He also starred alongside Meryl Streep in the film Ricki and the Flash.

In January 2018, Rick opened up in an interview with SiriusXM about his personal life. The multitalented entertainer admitted that he’s battled with depression and thoughts of suicide.

He told the radio host, “Last year I was close to it, really close to it.”

Rick has previously spoken about his depression, and explained in his autobiography Late, Late at Night that he tried to commit suicide when he was just 17. He continued to struggle a lot with suicidal thoughts for years, but when he had children, he knew he could never kill himself. That said, the dark thoughts still affect him.

Watch the video below to find out more about Rick’s life and struggle with mental health.

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Photos: OWN

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