Adam Lambert Opens Up About Mental Health Struggles

By David Konow 02/26/19

Lambert shared how he used his music and peer support to deal with depression. 

Adam Lambert

Pop star Adam Lambert recently opened up about his mental health struggles, and shared how he made it out of a “dark period” in his life.

In a series of tweets, Lambert first thanked his fans for their “patience and continued faith in me. You’ve pushed me to keep going even when I felt discouraged.”

Lambert described his struggles in the music industry and how he’s resisted compromising his art. “Don’t get me wrong – I’m VERY proud of my body of work. But I’m coming out of a dark period of second-guessing my own artistry and having my mental health suffer because of it. I started asking myself, ‘Is all this hustle really worth it?’”

By focusing so intensely on his work, Lambert felt “detached in my personal life. My self-worth was suffering. I was lonely and becoming depressed.”

Lambert, who has toured with Queen, then got back on track.

“With a bit of professional help and the support of colleagues, friends and family, I pulled myself out of the darkness."

Part of his recovery process included writing music again, going back to “the headspace I was in when I first dreamed of being a singer – before playing [the] industry game started messing with my love for music.”

The result was Lambert’s new single, "Feel Something," which he says “was written about me climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart.”

Lambert got tired of the bachelor life, and between that and his frustrations with the music industry, “I felt numb…I wanted to fall in love, I knew I wasn’t ready. That’s what inspired me to cry out, I don’t need to feel love, I just want to feel something! It was in this realization that I took my first step toward self-care and nursing my spirit back to health.”

Lambert promised fans that his new music charts “the journey of taking responsibility for my own happiness and strength, and searching for intimacy. Since writing this song I’ve found the joy I was missing and I’m back in my power. I can’t wait for you to hear more!”

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