By Jaynene Moreno |Staff Writer|
Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, has admitted to suffering a nervous breakdown during her yearlong break from music.
The 28-year-old singer took a year off due to stress caused by overworking on her previous albums and tour according to E! News.
Welch told BBC Radio1 that the band did not take any time off while making their last two albums “Ceremonials” and “Lungs,” giving her no time for herself.
“It was a decision to have a year off. [I had] a bit of a nervous breakdown,” she explained to E! News. “It was a bit of a crash landing in a sense. It was a funny time, I’ve been so used to [having] a gig at the end of every day…In the year off, I was still going out and going to events but something wasn’t quite right, I was spiraling a bit. I wasn’t making myself happy. I think I just felt very unstable.”
A nervous breakdown is not a disorder, but a response to stress.
According to Mayoclinic.org, “the term ‘nervous breakdown’ is sometimes used to describe a stressful situation in which someone becomes temporarily unable to function normally in day-to-day life. It’s commonly understood to occur when life’s demands become physically and emotionally overwhelming.”
After overcoming her nervous breakdown, the artist is back with the band and making music.
The band will be releasing their new album, “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” this June.
The album is said to be Florence + The Machine’s most personal album yet.
“It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the record and because of that it’s the most personal record I’ve ever made,” she said to E News.
How personal the album is going to be can be seen in her song “What Kind of Man”, which was released early.
Welch’s beautiful voice is not the only characteristic of the song but the lyrics themselves are beautifully put together.
In this song Florence sung, “I was on a heavy tip tryna cross a canyon with a broken limb. You were on the other side like always, wondering what to do with life.”
She then repeatedly asks “what kind of man loves like this?” With this she is referring to being in-love with a man who isn’t on the same page as her but still continues to love her.
Welch also refers to her ‘on-and-off relationship with a drinking problem’, in her lyrics with “I already had a sip so I’d reasoned I was drunk enough to deal with it.”
The song’s music video is available on VEVO and fits the song perfectly.
It depicts a woman being pulled back into love with a man she constantly argues with.
Nervous breakdown or not, the artist continues to be talented. Her previous albums are amazing and this album will not be different.