Brian May Suffered “Grim” Fight With Depression Last Holiday Season

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He Talked Candidly About His Mental Health On Social Media

Queen guitarist Brian May just opened up about the depression that “engulfed” him during Christmas. In an Instagram post, he revealed that there’s something about the holiday season that “paralyses” him. And for most of Christmas, he didn’t want “to show my face because my face was grim.”

He continues, “Depression, hopelessness, fear … I get engulfed. Is it logical ? No. Should I be grateful for my life and therefore NOT depressed? Yes. But none of that makes any difference when you look up and the colours have gone out of the world.”

He also adds that he’s “wrenching myself back into ‘normality’ – starting with some biking and stretching and hot and cold showering.” He even gave an update on his Vegenuary quest. He then ended the message with “This is a doddle !! Ha ha !! Well, we shall see ! Happy Friday folks … we’ll soon be out of this murky Sargasso Sea ! Bri”

One of the things that helped him bounce back was a gift from Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott – a painting of May’s hero Jimi Hendrix who reminds him “to keep reaching for the stars.” Def Leppard’s verified Instagram account also responded with “We love ya Bri !! Better days ahead.”

Check out the post below.

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Inspiration for the next 10 years ? Thanks to my dear friend Joe Elliott @defleppard I have this great image of my hero Jimi Hendrix on my wall to remind me to keep reaching for the stars. Ach ! A bit too glib for you ? Well, that’s my brave face. Most of this Christmas period I haven’t wanted to show my face because my face was grim. There’s something about this time of the year that paralyses me. Depression, hopelessness, fear ... I get engulfed. Is it logical ? No. Should I be grateful for my life and therefore NOT depressed ? Yes. But none of that makes any difference when you look up and the colours have gone out of the world. Tomorrow I am wrenching myself back into ‘normality’ - starting with some biking and stretching and hot and cold showering. Oh ! And the Veganuary quest ? It went OK on Day 2. Breakfast : half a grapefruit and crispbread with plant-based spread and home-made marmalade. Jasmin tea, black. Lunch : a Vegan Leggera Padana in Pizza Express with my littlest ones. That’s very easy - they do it all for you - they make it with Vegan cheese and it tastes just like ‘normal’ ! And for Dinner : some nice light veggies prepared by my amazing wife ! There are SO many great vegetables in the world - artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, roasted parsnips, new potatoes, and a rocket and tomato salad, perked up with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from dear old Luciano Pavarotti’s home town. Plus a nice selection of nuts and raisins. Hey ! This is a doddle !! Ha ha !! Well, we shall see ! Happy Friday folks ... we’ll soon be out of this murky Sargasso Sea ! Bri

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