Rick Springfield is opening up about the dark thoughts that almost led him to suicide last year.
During a recent interview on SiriusXM's Feedback, the 68-year-old singer discussed his new song, "Suicide Manifesto," revealing it's "stuff I think about."
"I've been close to [committing suicide]," Springfield admitted. "Last year I was close to it, really close to it."
The singer went on to mention the deaths of Robin Williams and Chester Bennington, recalling that his reaction to them taking their own life wasn't, "Ugh, that's terrible." "I went, 'I get it.' I get being that lost and dark," he explained. "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."
As for how he copes with those feelings, Springfield said he turns to meditation, which is "the only thing that really takes me out of it," besides thinking of his children and how his death would affect them.
"I'm kind of known through the ages as this kind of happy, shiny guy, but I was really dark. And 'Jessie's Girl' is something I didn't get, you know?" he revealed. "It has really helped... give my depression a way to get the hell out of there... It's like a life sentence, you know, and it doesn't go away, and I have to deal with it you know, every week I have to deal with it."