Huey Lewis Admitted To Contemplating Suicide
He Deals With Hearing Loss and Vertigo
Huey Lewis revealed that he was suicidal after receiving his Meniere’s disease diagnosis in early 2018. The condition affected his singing and hearing. It can also lead to dizzy spells and usually affects only one ear. While there’s no cure for it, there are certain treatments which can help relieve the symptoms.
He admitted to Whitefish Review, “This has absolutely ruined everything. I try not to let it get me down. In the first two months of this, I was suicidal. I can honestly share that with you. I thought, shit, I’m just going to commit suicide. I actually contemplated my demise. You know, like pills. I figured pills were the easiest way to go. I mean, would I have? I don’t know.”
He also said that he already tried “all the holistic stuff.” He added, “20 supplements in the morning and 15 at night. Living Ayurveda [Indian alternative medicine]. I’ve done acupuncture and chiropractic. Cranial massage and essential oils. Low salt diet, all organic, no caffeine. I haven’t had any caffeine in two years. No chocolate. But none of it works.”
His hearing loss comes and goes which makes it impossible for him to perform live and go on tour. His hearing devices have helped him but it’s still a day-to-day struggle. Even for all that, he tries to remain positive: “I just thank my lucky stars and just hope and pray that it stabilizes, which it never does.”
Huey Lewis & the News are set to release a new album titled Weather this February 14. It’s the follow-up to 2010’s Soulsville. Check out their new single “While We’re Young” below.