Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Talks Early Mental Health Struggles
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong spoke candidly with his personal mental health issues and revealed he suffered a form of "mid-life crisis" at the tender age of 20. Armstrong explained to Kerrang!, "I didn't think I was gonna live that long. It's something that's always been in my head. Whether it's people dealing with PTSD or, like, everybody's got a part of their brain that is neurotic, or maybe even paranoid, or bi-polar, or they have a personality disorder."
Just after Green Day's Revolution Radio was released in 2016, Billie Joe Armstrong told us that songs on the record touched on some of the real-life struggles the members of Green Day have gone through: "Life gets real serious sometimes for everybody, and you know that there's music on the other side of it, you're just kind of going, 'Oh man, let's just get through this so we can go back to doing the things that we love so much.' And I think with the record, it has this theme about it, about survival, and finding something that's more tangible through all the chaos that's going on. And you can hear it on songs like 'Ordinary World' and 'Still Breathing.'"