Soul singer John Newman has reached a personal low, which has led him to take a break from himself and his career. The reason for the break is a very serious one: the 29-year-old suffers from depression.

The singer reveals all of this to his fans in a very open Instagram post. He now wanted to keep a good distance from his record label Island Records / Universal and allow himself a little time for himself and his mental health after his job plunged him into a depressive phase.

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To my loyal friends, family and fans i felt i needed to make everyone aware of my future and of my present. I have found it very difficult to announce this to my closet and the people around me as i feel the world is so quick to look at the negative and that is the opposite to what i aim to look for in me as a person. Today is marking the end of an incredible and amazing era in my life but change is a positive and uplifting thing. I have decided to pause my career to be able to discover the better side of me that is still there despite feeling such depression due to my work. My drive will always exist, my persistence and perseverance to achieve and succeed and to re build. With this in mind i have decided to walk away on good terms from both my long time label Island Records / Universal and also my long term managment Closer Artists. As said this is the end of an era and the start of a new me, to regain my drive and my thirst to continue, to make the greatest music i have ever made and to be happy within myself in everyway. I want to thank everyone that has been apart of this journey in every step from my team at Iceland / Universal and all the amazing people that have got stuck in and made it a pleasure at Closer managment, Paul you have always been a farther figure to me. I need my fans now to support me and fill me with positivity more than ever, to understand I am strong and most of all i will continue to accomplish my dreams in every way possible. It pulls a tear to say goodbye to this era and the music and memories i say good bye to with it but the future is key and i believe i can always deliver better. Throughout the year i will deliver some of the most incredible collaborations i have produced however for now I am to reconsider what my solo music career is and will be. Big love to everyone that has been here through the start of this journey and everyone that will be here to see my passion for the future to unfold! Big love everyone I got this…. John X

A post shared by John Newman (@johnnewmanmusic) on Jun 3, 2024 at 12:44 am PDT

“My drive will always exist”

“To my loyal friends, family and fans: I felt that I had to tell you all about my future and my present,” explains the singer.

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A post shared by John Newman (@johnnewmanmusic) on Jun 3, 2024 at 8:23 am PDT

“I found it very difficult to share this with the people closest to me and around me because the world is always so quick to look at the negative and that’s the opposite of what I want to look for as a person.”

The farewell post, for which he published a few black and white snapshots from his career, would now end an era in his life, but the change was positive and uplifting.

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“I decided to give my career a break to explore my better side, which is still there despite the depression from my job.”

And further: “My drive will always exist, as will my persistence and perseverance to achieve something, to be successful and to rebuild something.” (Bang)


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