It was a pairing of icons from two very different worlds and a surprising one at that: Singer and animal rights warrior Morrissey in a sit-down with 81-year-old CNN legend Larry King on his three-year-old independent web talk show.
The former Smiths frontman, who went on to a monstrously successful solo career, was exceptionally candid, on everything from his cancer battle (he says his health is “blooming") to his disdain for most politicians.
It was his frank talk on depression, however, that raised eyebrows — particularly his view on suicide.
“For me, it never gets better,” he said on Larry King Now. “I’ve had it for many years. I refer to it as the ‘black dog’. It doesn’t go away. It’s usually the very first thing when you wake up, in the day, in the morning, whenever you wake up.”
“I don’t (take medication), I’ve been through everything, it’s pointless. It’s a frame of mind, a state of mind, it’s circumstantial,” he said.
Morrissey’s self-deprecating humor showed when the Brooklyn-born King asked the 56-year-old Brit if he had ever thought of harming himself.
“No, but many of us have,” said Moz, whose vitriolic disdain for Queen Elizabeth and view that “meat is murder” has won him both fans and enemies.
While he said he has never tried to off himself, he has drawn some criticism for what he said next about suicide in the recent sitdown.
“It crosses everybody's mind. Everybody thinks of it; even people who mistakenly assume that they're happy. They think of just disappearing and having enough and many people do, just taking control and saying, 'No more, no more of this silliness.' And it's admirable."