Rick Diamond, WireImage "Ladies and gentleman, it's going to be a long…
- Posted on Oct 15th 2012 1:30PM by Caitlin White
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The pop-culture icon recently revealed that he has struggled with a series of life-long issues including depression and a sex addiction. He wrote about these secrets in his new autobiography, Late, Late At Night, and spoke extensively with Parade about what his fans can expect from the tell-all book.
The "Affair of the Heart" singer explained the role of sex addiction in his life, a force that he says has deeply wounded the relationship he has with his wife Barbara and stems from his low self-esteem and depression.
"It becomes the thing that you use to make you feel good. It's not, 'Oh, I'm feeling turned on tonight.' It's a power thing. It's like, 'If I have sex with this pretty girl that's got to mean something -- she is OK with having sex with me. So there must be something OK about me' -- because you start so far down in your own self-esteem," Springfield said.
"That's my home down there, and I've had to fight that depression all of my life. I see how it crushes my wife. I know that we all have our problems, but I've never personally spoken to anyone that has had a sh--tier childhood. There were times when I've not wanted to be in my own skin, and that's a very scary feeling."
The tome is also the first time that the "General Hospital" star admits he attempted to take his own life at the age of 17. The singer took some time off from his star-studded career in the '90s to go to therapy and try to repair the damage that his sex addiction had caused in his marriage. He also recently appeared on Dr. Oz's show to talk about the book, citing his wife as the reason he's made it through all of this.
"[My wife] is the greatest human being in the world and I'm doing everything can now in my life to show her that she picked the right person," Springfield said. The book hit shelves late last week (Oct. 12) and Rick kicks off his latest tour with a show in Atlantic City on Monday, Nov. 5.