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James Blake used to have suicidal thoughts early on in his career
James Blake opens up on his suicidal thoughts (Picture: Getty Images)

James Blake is not shy of opening up on his mental health – especially recently after he was accused of writing sad boy lyrics.

And now the star has revealed that he struggled with depression and anxiety in the early stages of his career.

Talking at the annual symposium of the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) on Sunday, the 29-year-old opened up on his anxiety battles, revealing he used to get suicidal thoughts.

The Limit To Your Love singer said: I was taken away from normal life essentially at an age where I was half-formed. [On the road], your connection to other people becomes surface level.

James Blake used to have suicidal thoughts early on in his career
His unhealthy eating habits had a detrimental affect on his mental health (Picture: Redferns)

So if you were only in town for one day and someone asked you how you are, you go into the good stuff … which generally doesnt involve how anxious you feel [or] how depressed you feel.

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He then went on to speak about how he developed unhealthy eating habits while on tour, which essential had a detrimental affect on his mental health.

James said: I would say that chemical imbalance due to diet and the deterioration of my health was a huge, huge factor in my depression and eventual suicidal thoughts. I developed [dietary] intolerances that would lead to existential depression on a daily basis. I would eat a certain thing and then all day I would feel like there was just no point.

James Blake used to have suicidal thoughts early on in his career
Hes recently called out critics who said he wrote sad boy lyrics (Picture: Redferns)

This isnt the first time he has reflected on his feelings, as he recently hit back at claims he was writing sad boy lyrics.

Taking to Twitter in a lengthy statement, the singer called out the label and said he found it unhealthy and problematic.

He wrote: Im overwhelmed by the lovely responses to Dont Miss It. But I cant help but notice, as I do whenever I talk about my feelings in a song, that the words sad boy are used to describe it.

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Ive always found that expression unhealthy and problematic when used to describe men just openly talking about their feelings. To label it at all, when we dont ever question women discussion the things they are struggling with, contributes to the ever disastrous historical stigmatisation of men expressing themselves emotionally.

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He added: We are already in an epidemic of male depression and suicide. We dont need any further proof that we have hurt men with our questioning of their need to be vulnerable and open. It is only a good thing to talk about what is on your mind. have reached out to James reps for further comment.

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