In an emotional message to his fans, singer Adam Lambert candidly discusses feeling “lonely and depressed.”
The letter, which focuses on his mental health, also announces his first solo album in four years, as well as its first single, “Feel Something.”
Here’s part of the February 21 letter:
“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.”
“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.”
Nobody is immune to mental health struggles, and this is as good a reminder as any to support your friends and loved ones, even the “strong” ones.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for Lambert.
He said he pulled himself “out of the darkness” with the help of family, friends, and colleagues.
He also dropped his management and signed to a new label, departing the mainstream Warner Bros. Records for the independent label EMPIRE.
The singer also released the first track off his forthcoming album, “Feel Something”, which explores his struggle with mental health.
“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.”