Bruce Springsteen tried to be like his father after a difficult childhood | Entertainment
Bruce Springsteen tried to act like his father after a difficult childhood.
The 72-year-old music icon had a difficult relationship with his father Douglas, who suffered from mental health issues, and revealed that he had tried to replicate his father through his manners and physique.
In an excerpt from his book with former US President Barack Obama, “Renegades: Born in the USA,” which was published in The Guardian newspaper, Bruce said, “The thing that happens is: when we can’t getting the love we want from the parent we want it, how do you create the intimacy you need? I can’t reach it and I can’t have it. I’ll be him. This is what I will do. I’ll be him… I’m well into my thirties before I even have the slightest idea that this is my method of operation. I’m on stage. I am in workman’s clothes. I have never worked in my life. “
The boss continued, “My dad was a beefy, bulky guy. I’ve been playing creepy guitar all my life, but I’ve got 20 or 30 extra pounds on me to go to the gym. Where did that come from? Why do I spend hours lifting and putting heavy things down for no particular reason? All of my work, all that is dear to me, all that I have written, is inspired by the story of his life. “
Springsteen revealed that he realized as he turned 30 that trying to be like his father was “destructive” to himself and the people he cared about.
The ‘Born to Run’ singer said: “This is where I got lucky. At 32, I got into hardcore analysis. I don’t have kids until I’m 40, so I have eight years of studying these things, because what I discovered about this archetype is that it was destructive in my life.
“And I realized, ‘Well, if you want to go that route, go ahead. But you’re going to end up on your own, my friend. And if you want to invite people into your life, you better learn to do this.'”