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Corey Taylor On Living With Depression: “... I Still [Can’t] Keep It Together Half The Time.”

Rob Sayce
Rob Sayce 6 July 2017 at 14.23

He also spoke about family, Stone Sour and the future of Slipknot.

Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has spoken about his struggles with depression.

When asked how he handles his emotions in an interview with Rolling Stone, Corey replied that, "Well, it's apparent that I haven't."

"It's taken two bands, a book deal and a fucking radio show to just get me to even out. And I still can't fucking keep it together half the time."

"But I exercise. I try to stay healthy as much as possible. I've tried to cut out all the negative shit in my life, as far as chemicals, boozing, all that shit."

"I've tried to focus on the shit that matters, which is my career, my kids, my creativity, and just trying to stay healthy enough, because I want to be able to do them for a very long time."

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It doesn't always work. I do have bouts of severe depression, which are very, very hard to deal with sometimes. But because I'm also an addict, I try to stay away from as much potentially addictive medication as much as possible, because I know me, and I know how I would be."

"So I've really tried to deal with it as naturally as possible, and I know that sounds very hippie-like, but when you know yourself, and you know the habits that you can slip into so easily, you have to find alternatives. ... And I also still do therapy."


Corey recently appeared on TV show The Therapist to discuss traumatic experiences from his past. You can see a trailer here:



During The Therapist, Corey talked about being sexually abused when he was a child.

"I do therapy and I talk about it in my therapy. So I've come to grips with it," he told Rolling Stone. "I don't let it define me."

"Also, I know that I have a responsibility. Whether I like it or not, people listen to me. If there's any way that I can help people who have had to deal with much worse to help themselves, then I'm going to do that."

"The reason I did the Therapist show was I knew that if I could open up and take away that stigma and show people that there's absolutely fucking nothing wrong with sitting down with someone and talking about possible traumas that have happened in your life, or just talking about your problems, then you can help yourself a million times over, and you can help other people as well."

"It's about showing people that it's OK, for lack of a better term, to be fucked up. You can get help."

He also spoke about the new Stone Sour album 'Hydrograd', which is out now. You can watch the video for new single 'Stole My Eyes' here:

 
"We were like, 'Fuck this – the album is a priority,'" he said of 'Hydrograd'.

"The normal shit usually is, 'Let's try and fucking get this in during the time we have off from Slipknot.' In the past, we've felt we've had to walk away from albums and put them out without finishing them."

"This time we decided to get it to the point where it's so badass people can't fucking ignore it anymore. It has the spirit of everything that we love about this band."


Speaking about the future of Slipknot, he added:

"Everyone's kinda doing their own thing right now. Clown is looking for a movie project, which is awesome. Jim was gonna start working on some music, but he had some surgery done on his back again, so he's just kind of taking it easy."

"There's no rush. I'm not looking to do anything Slipknot related for at least two years. That's the reason why people get so fucking excited when we come back. You give people a chance to miss us."

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