Bruce Springsteen's Wife Patti "Saved" Him From Horrors That Could Have "Crushed" The Music Legend

Bruce Springsteen's Wife Patti "Saved" Him From Horrors That Could Have "Crushed" The Music Legend

The couple that has been together for three decades is known for their amazing chemistry but very little is known about what they have been through together

Bruce Springsteen is known for having made the world swoon with his beautiful voice but little is known about his struggles, especially about that time of his life when he felt that his inner demons were "crushing" him. The horror of giving in to those demons was palpable, and it could have destroyed the music legend. The singer revealed that had it not been for his wife, he may have never come out of this dark phase. 


Springsteen met his wife Patti in 1980 at a popular New Jersey Bar, The Stone Pony but it wasn't until 1984 that things would actually go forward. Bruce was organizing his Born In The USA tour when Patti auditioned to be his backup singer and went on to become the only female band member at the time. Soon sparks began to fly between them, their immense chemistry was evident during their performances. They still did not pursue anything with each other as Bruce was still married to model Julianne Phillips at the time. However, their marriage broke down and in 1989, they were divorced. Two years later, Patti and Springsteen became a couple and moved in together. In his memoir titled Born To Run, Bruce shared that he had begun suffering anxiety attacks after marrying Julianne, something that supposedly showed him that he wasn't prepared to be committed but it was different when it came to Patti, reported Daily Perspectives


In an interview, Bruce spoke about how Patti 'saved' him each time. "She was stable enough and strong enough and she brought a lot of love. So those were very healing things over a long period of time. I was crushed between sixty and sixty-two, good for a year and out again from sixty-three to sixty-four. Not a good record. Patti will observe a freight train bearing down, loaded with nitroglycerin and running quickly out of track... she gets me to the doctors and says, 'This man needs a pill," he recollected. Springsteen further spoke about how no one gets him as Patti does, "she had a lot of understanding of where I was coming from and some of the choices I make and a little bit about the twisted parts of my personality that she knew how to handle and live with better than some of my other relationships," he said in an interview with BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs, reported Daily Perspectives.