Insane Clown Posse Stars Suffer From Depression

The stars of INSANE CLOWN POSSE both struggle with depression and anxiety, aggravated by bad reviews and the loneliness of fame.
The rap duo, famed for their clown face make-up, admit they are both plagued by feelings of sadness off stage, with Posse member Violent J - real name Joseph Bruce - taking prescription pills to handle his moods.
Bruce explains, "I'm medicated. I have a lot of medicine that I take. For depression. Panic attacks are really a serious part of my life."
And his bandmate Shaggy - real name Joseph Utsler - believes their emotional turmoil is fuelled by harsh critics and their solitary lifestyle on the road.
He adds: "I get anxiety and s**t a lot. And reading that stuff people write about us… It hurts...
"You do a show in front of how many hundreds or thousands of people. You're giving your full being, your soul, to every person in that crowd, every pore in your body is sweating, you're fighting consciousness, just to get it out of you, and after the show all your fans are partying, 'Yeah! Rock 'n' roll!' And you're just here (alone backstage). You're just f**king sitting here."
But Bruce believes their anxiety is part of the job: "If we moved furniture for a living, we'd have a bad back or bad knees. We think for a living. We try to create. We try to constantly think of cool ideas. And every once in a while there's a breakdown in the engine. I guess that's the price you pay."


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This really saddens me. I havemad respect for and the fact that they're in pain, hurts me. Before I found the family, I had no one. I had no friends, cuz everyone thought I was weird, and wouldnt take the time to get to know me. It got to the point to where I never wanted to leave my room. I had friends but never for more than a few months because I moved. But then I found a family, and I read behind the paint by Violent J, and I had never related to someone so much. It was like someone was tellin my story. People riticule them for their lyrics, half the time they're just tryin to be funny and other ten that IF YOU REALLY LISTEN TO THEIR SH*T, it has some deep meaning, Think I'm wrong? Listen to Nothings Left by them on the The Amazing Jeckel Brother's Album. Thats DEEP! When I met other fam, I had never felt so loved by people that I barely know. They're all I have and the ONLY reason I'm still here. If ICP isnt your cup of tea, then dont listen to them. YOU guys may have a problem with them, but remember fam, YOU GOT THOUSANDS OF JUGGALOS WHO GOT MAD LOVE FOR YOU!mcl-morgan
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I love Insane Clown Posse. Their music is so creative, from "Cartoon Nightmare" to "Nothing's Left". Sorry to hear about your depression. But, you are known for harassing and making fun of people. I think in your frame of mind, you could have a little compassion for your fellow entertainers.Anyway, I still enjoy your music very much, even though I'm a 57 yr old grandmother.
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The thing about being alone backstage totally broke my heart. *huggz* I luvvz you guys! Don't be sad. You're fukkin revolutionary!
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