He might be known best for the piece of pop perfection called “Jesse’s Girl,” but actor and singer [lastfm]Rick Springfield[/lastfm] has had a much more difficult life than the spotlight would suggest, according to his upcoming memoir.
For one thing, the Australian singer was entertaining the troops in Vietnam in 1968 when the camp came under fire. He ended up loading morters into guns, and one of those rounds killed an enemy soldier. Despite the context, it still haunts him to this day.
“That was a war situation but it is still something that to this day sends a shiver down my spine,” Springfield said.
In his new autobiography, “Late, Late At Night,” Springfield discusses death, suicide attempts (Springfield tried to kill himself at age 16) and depression, which Springfield has battled all his life and forced his ten-year hiatus from the music industry right around the time his career was at its peak. He took from 1989 to 1999 to deal with it, but rebounded and has since recorded six album and gone back to General Hospital to portray Dr Noah Drake, a character he played in the early 1980s.
But one thing he won’t do? Appear on Dancing With The Stars.
“That would be a reason my wife would divorce me,” he said.
“Late, Late At Night” hits stores today.
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