Free Adam Ant

Earlier this year, Adam Ant was interviewed by Matt Everitt for BBC 6 Music’s The First Time programme.

During the interview, Everitt asked Adam about his bipolar disorder diagnosis.

You’ve said in the past you have bipolar disorder. Did you ever feel the condition taking hold of your life?

Adam’s response:

I don’t accept the terminology.

If I give you examples of some people with bipolar disorder, you’ll find they’re all creative and they’re all magnificent in their own work.

Kurt Cobain, Edward Munch, Winston Churchill, Van Gogh, Stephen Fry. The list goes on. They’re all working with an abstract palette.

You need the dark side and you need the light side to be creative. If it’s all great, then you’re a Teletubby. And I’m not a Teletubby.

As long as you pursue your work without hurting anybody, you should be left alone.

Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.

It’s not something I’m ashamed of. It’s not something I’m particularly proud of. I did wrong things as a result of it.

But there’s only one thing worse than making a mistake, and that’s not learning from it… and I’ve learnt from it.