American Idol alum, Adam Lambert, took to twitter to candidly discuss feeling “lonely and depressed” with his fans.
On Thursday February 21, the singer and sometimes Queen collaborator, published a letter speaking about his journey in the music industry as a performance artist and how it has affected his mental health.
“I love making and performing music, but there have been many times where I’ve had to compromise on my artistic vision, with executives making decisions based on money and not 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. My self-worth was suffering, I was lonely, and becoming depressed.”
Adam says that the pressures from executives and the label lead him to self-examine and question whether the road to stardom is one that’s still suited to him.
“I started asking myself, ‘Is all this hustle really worth it? I put all my focus on work and started to feel detached in my personal life. My self-worth was suffering, I was lonely, and becoming depressed.”
Adam pulled himself out of the darkness with the help of those closest to him. He realized that he would need to drop his management and sign with a new label. So, Lambert departed the mainstream Warner Bros. Records for the independent label EMPIRE.
Announcing the release of his latest track off of his upcoming album, “Feel Something”, a song that highlights the struggles he has faced with mental health and well-being.
“This was written about me climbing out of the low period, defying my disillusionment, owning my needs, and opening my heart. The life of a bachelor can be a laugh, with plenty of flings, but after a while it starts to feel empty. Between frustrations with my career and many lost connections, I felt numb – and though 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 realisation that I took my first step toward self-care and nursing my spirit back to health. This song is the emotional starting point of my new album.”