Daniel Johns: 'I wish I was stronger... mentally'

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s been known that Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has battled with mental illness in the past.

And now the Australian musician has opened up in a tell-all interview.

The 39-year-old has sat down with Andrew Denton for a candid chat which will air on Tuesday night on Channel 7.

Daniel Johns opens up to Andrew Denton about his private and sometimes very public battles with depression, anorexia and thoughts of suicide. Source: Channel 7

In a snippet from the chat for the show titled Interview, Denton talks to the musician about his admission in Billboard magazine about not being mentally tough.

“Did I?” Daniel responds.

“Yeh you did,” Denton says. “Do you feel fragile?” Visibly shaken, Daniel opens up. “I do at times, yeh.”

“I think I get umm, it’s like an illness because I get…” he pauses, “that’s what fuels my art. But you know, I wish I was stronger mentally than I am.”

The star admitted to Denton that he at times felt ’emotionally fragile’. Source: Channel 7

The full interview will explore Daniel’s struggles with alcohol and anxiety, in which the star opens up about his very private battles.

In October 2014, the singer was arrested for diving under the influence and convicted of mid-range drink driving.

In 2014, Daniel (pictured here with Silverchair) was arrested for a DUI and convicted of mid-range drink driving. Source: Getty

 “I made a mistake, for which I am really sorry,” the singer told reporters after his court hearing.

“I completed the traffic offenders program and it will never happen again.”

The Silverchair frontman uses his anxieties to form his art. Source: Getty

Daniel has also publicly battled anorexia and depression, the former in which Silverchair song ‘Ana’s Song’ was penned.

You can see the full interview with Daniel Johns on Channel 7, May 14 at 9pm.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline 1800 551 800.

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