Daniel Johns thought he would die of a ‘nervous breakdown’ while making his new record

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Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns thought he was going to ‘die’ and says he was ‘in the middle of a nervous breakdown’ towards the end of his new record

Daniel Johns revealed on Thursday that he suffered a nervous breakdown which he believes will kill him while recording his latest album.

The Tomorrow hitmaker, 43, opened up about how his past trauma and personal challenges have shaped his music.

He told the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘I thought maybe I was going to die. I was not well. I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown towards the end of recording this record.

Daniel Johns (pictured) revealed on Thursday that he suffered a nervous breakdown and feared he might kill him while recording his latest album

The ARIA Award-winning artist added that recording his 2022 album FutureNever became a cathartic experience that made him appreciate life.

“I made sure the lyrics were full of love and honesty. And ironically, once I did, it made me want to live,” he explained.

Johns went on to say that he finds it hard to be a celebrity because he thinks it brings out the worst in people.

“Once people have a taste of anything involving money or fame, they become the devil. That’s why I hate being famous.

The Tomorrow hitmaker explained how his past trauma and personal challenges shaped his music

The Tomorrow hitmaker explained how his past trauma and personal challenges shaped his music

Johns’ candid confession follows a difficult year for the reclusive rock star who has sold millions of albums across the world.

In July, he received a 10-month intensive corrections order, to be served in the community, after crashing his car into a light truck in March.

He pleaded guilty to impaired driving.

More recently, he said he had a difficult relationship with former Silverchair band members Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou, both of whom refused to play on his new album.

The ARIA award-winning artist added that recording his 2022 album FutureNever became a cathartic experience that made him appreciate life

The ARIA award-winning artist added that recording his 2022 album FutureNever became a cathartic experience that made him appreciate life

Earlier this week, Johns praised American rapper Kanye West for providing “amazing” insight into living with mental illness.

‘Kanye said something like, “Sometimes the way people deal with mental health is similar to if you had an Olympic sprinter with a broken ankle and you forced him to run.” And he said it just at a time when I was feeling that,” Daniel explained.

He added that Kanye was one of the “culturally relevant artists” in our lifetime and called him “amazing”.

Kanye’s comments about mental illness may have resonated with Daniel, who went through a public struggle with anorexia and anxiety in the late 90s.

Daniel led rock band Silverchair from 1992 to 2011 and sold millions of albums worldwide.

Daniel led the rock band Silverchair from 1992 to 2011 and the band sold millions of albums worldwide.  Pictured with former bandmates Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou

Daniel led the rock band Silverchair from 1992 to 2011 and the band sold millions of albums worldwide. Pictured with former bandmates Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou

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