Hate him, love him or ignore him, but Yo Honey Singh and his rap brought a good change for all of us. Come on, how can we forget those days when house parties and night outs meant dancing on ‘Dope Shope’?
Even when he received a lot of flak for ‘demeaning and sexist’ lyrics, he continued to rule the music industry like a boss! Ask a 5 YO to recite ‘blue eyes’ and you’d know what we are talking about.
While he was enjoying the peak of his stardom with back to back Bollywood hits and singles, he suddenly disappeared for almost two years. Strong rumors claimed that he was in a rehab because of drug overdose while some stories claimed that he had a tiff with SRK during an international tour. But rumors are rumors after all!
It was after 18 long months that we saw Honey Singh back in action dancing to Lungi dance at a recent awards show! That explained all. The king of rap is back and how!
In a recent interview, Honey Singh chose to break his silence about the ‘mysterious’ two years of his life. Without hiding any details, here is Honey Singh with the version of truth that will make you want to hug him tightly!
1. Describing the last 18 months of his life as his ‘darkest phase’:
“This is the first time I am talking about it as I want my fans to know what happened to me. Nobody knows about this, and I wanted to tell the world myself, not through a spokesperson. The last 18 months were the darkest phase of my life, and I wasn’t in a state to talk to anyone. I know there were rumours that I was in rehab (for drug overdose), but I was in my Noida house throughout.”
2. Talking about his ‘bipolar’ disorder, he added how he wasn’t responding to medicines:
“The truth is I was suffering from bipolar disorder. It went on for 18 months, during which I changed four doctors, the medication wasn’t working on me and crazy things were happening. I must confess that I was bipolar and an alcoholic, which aggravated the condition.
It was scary. One year had passed and I wasn’t responding to medicines, until a fourth doctor from Delhi treated me. At one point, I thought I would live in this darkness forever. I had cut myself off from everyone. I didn’t come out of my room, forget stepping out of the house. I had a beard and I didn’t get a haircut for months. For someone who has performed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of facing 4-5 people. That’s what bipolar disorder does to you.”
3. Describing the fact that it was music that came to his ‘rescue’, he revealed how his mother became his biggest strength:
“In that phase, I wrote 50-60 poems. They are like khuli shayari, so I can’t make them into songs. One night when I couldn’t sleep in spite of popping sleeping pills, I wrote and composed a song called Rise and Shine, after seeing my mom break down. She is the only reason I am here today.”
4. And when he was asked why he chose to reveal the bitter truth about his life now, he added:
“After the sun went down, I was scared of my own family. I wasn’t behaving like myself. I was a sick person. I wasn’t in my own control. But now it is all behind me and I’ve come out of it. I am under a doctor’s supervision, and before doing this interview, I called and told him that I was going to tell the world about this. I think I’m not my own, or my parents’ property. I belong to my fans who have made me. They needed to know, and this was the best time to talk about it. Today is also special as it’s my birthday.”
5. And this is how he wants to ‘bounce bank’ after the ‘darkest phase’ of his life:
“Luckily, four of my songs released even while I was ill, and they did so well. I am getting into the groove. I don’t plan too much, just let it flow. Now, I want to work more on contemporary music, as I have done a lot of dance music. I am bringing back street hip-hop again. The whole music scene here is urban and international, as compared to 10 years ago when it was dominated by Bollywood music!”