Despite the 17-year album-making hiatus he took after his 1995 album Wonderful, Adam Ant has been around for longer than some of you, I’m willing to bet.
Yet, most of you are probably somewhat familiar with the former frontman of Adam and the Ants. His 1982 hit “Goody Two Shoes” launched his solo career into serious MTV orbit, and he hit the Top 40 several more times before taking the extended break.
So, what happened?
Well, as Adam Ant tells Rolling Stone, at the end of his tour promoting Wonderful, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and began the journey of balancing treatment such as medication with life.
I think the whole subject of bipolar disorder is in its infancy in terms of the public being aware it is an illness and not a disease, and not a kind of terminal thing where you have to feel shame.
He’s candid with the magazine, discussing how common mental illness actually is, despite our efforts to ignore it:
I haven’t really met a family who hasn’t got a family member who hasn’t suffered from something of this nature, like bipolar disorder. And it’s been swept under the carpet. But I think there’s an obligation to express it, not only in song, which I’ve done on a couple of occasions on the album, but with the media.
Ant also goes on to discuss the connection between creative people and mental illness, how writing and performing has been therapeutic for him, and how he has faith in research that eventually could lead to a cure.
For the entire interview, head over to Rolling Stone‘s “Q&A: Adam Ant on Returning to Music From Bipolar Disorder.”