Bruce Springsteen opens up about his troubled relationship with his father: ‘He was just lost within himself’

Popular music singer, songwriter and rock and roll legend Bruce Springsteen listens to his citation before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Bruce Springsteen has never been shy about expressing his personal feelings and opinions, so when he was invited as a guest on Marc Maron‘s WTF podcast, things got a little candid, to say the least. The Long Branch native’s comments on president elect Donald Trump are making headlines. But in the same interview he also opened up at length about his tumultuous relationship with his father.

Douglas Frederick Springsteen, who died in 1998, played a consistent theme in The Boss’s music, especially in the intimate lyrics in songs like “Adam Raised a Cain” and “My Father’s House.”

“When we were probably having our biggest troubles, I was 16, which would have made him 31 or 32,” Bruce revealed to Marc on the most recent episode of WTF. “He was a young guy and was deep in sorting his mental issues.”

“He was just lost within himself,” Bruce continued of his factory worker dad. “I always look at my dad as of course having all this anger and frustration and humiliation, but he was also just a guy lost in the wilderness. He had never undertaken the project of finding your course and steer it towards something. All of those things sort of contributed to what he believed to be an unsuccessful life.”

Although the 67-year-old married father of three admitted to initially bottling up his own anger toward his father, Bruce ultimately realized his dad’s actions were connected to the demons of depression he was fighting within.

This isn’t the only place you’ll hear about Bruce’s family dynamic. The legendary rocker also speaks freely about his dad and depression in his 2016 tell-all memoir “Born to Run,” where he reveals Douglas never told him “I love you” and more personal confessions.

Listen to the full interview here.

Want more Bruce? He’ll be taking part in an “intimate conversation” at Monmouth University, which maintains the largest Bruce Springsteen printed memorabilia collection in existence, on January 10. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Read more on