Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965), known professionally as Trent Reznor, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and film score composer.
During the five years following the release of The Downward Spiral, Reznor struggled with depression, social anxiety disorder, and the death of his grandmother (who raised him). During this period of intense grief, he began abusing alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs. He eventually became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. He reached his darkest moment with substance abuse while touring in London for The Fragile, when he mistakenly purchased china white heroin, which he believed to be cocaine; he consequently overdosed and was resuscitated at a local hospital.
In 2001, Reznor successfully completed rehab, and eventually moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles. In a 2005 interview with Kerrang, he reflected on his self-destructive past: “There was a persona that had run its course. I needed to get my priorities straight, my head screwed on. Instead of always working, I took a couple of years off, just to figure out who I was and working out if I wanted to keep doing this or not. I had become a terrible addict; I needed to get my shit together, figure out what had happened.” In contrast to his former suicidal tendencies, he admitted in another interview that he is “pretty happy”. Nine Inch Nails’ next full-length album, With Teeth (2005), reached number one on the Billboard 200.
Reznor married Filipino American singer-songwriter Mariqueen Maandig in October 2009. They have 3 children: sons Lazarus Echo (born October 10, 2010), Balthazar Venn (born December 31, 2011), a third child whose name has not been revealed (born November 1, 2015).
He was 60 years old, and in the jaws of a blackness without end, and his old friends were dying, and one autumn morning Bruce Springsteen found himself alone on a beach in New Jersey with his paddle board and his tears. Not just any tears, either: “Bambi tears,” as he writes in his new autobiography, Born to Run. “Old Yeller tears. … Fried Green Tomato tears.”
But then he discovered, as many of us do at a particularly low point, or sometimes in a Bruce Springsteen song, that he was not alone. An old woman walking her dog happened across this bawling man, having no idea who he was – that he was the Brruuuuuccee of legend, the rock stud of a million dreams – and she did a simple thing: She asked if there was anything she could do to help
“I was sinking pretty low, and the beach was empty,” Springsteen says over the phone from New York. “It was in September. I’ll swim into November sometimes. I was going through a period of serious depression. This lovely woman saw me in some duress, and just started up a conversation. It was pretty sweet.”
It was a reversal of the usual course of things. Normally, he was the musclebound shoulder people leaned on: the members of his E Street Band, for 40 years. His audience, for just as long, getting high on those three-hour shows. The guy leaning out the window of his car on the morning of 9/11, yelling, “Bruce, we need you!” But even strong men crumble; they often do in his songs. So, to thank the elderly woman, he did the one thing he could think of: He promised her tickets to his concert. Rock ’n’ roll had saved his life, over and over; why wouldn’t he share the gift?
Lacey Sturm Found Jesus & Left Suicide, Drugs, and Homosexuality Behind; Died to Self and was Spiritually Reborn
Christian rock vocalist Lacey Sturm spoke to BreatheCast about her autobiography ‘The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living’, and in part one of this interview she speaks about her depression and desire to commit suicide. In this article Sturm opens up about discovering Jesus just as she was ready to end her life.