Brian May: Queen star inundated with support after ‘hopelessness’ admission

Queen legend, Brian May, 72, admitted that he had felt very down over the Christmas period. Sharing to his some 2.1 million Instagram followers, he said that he had felt like “the colours have gone out of the world” in a very candid post.

In the photo, Brian is smiling at the camera, showing the ‘thumbs up’ sign with a picture of fellow rock legend, Jimi Hendrix, behind him.

However, in the photo’s caption, he said that he was simply putting on a “brave face” and actually hadn’t felt too well at all over the festive period.

His caption included: “Inspiration for the next 10 years? Thanks to my dear friend Joe Elliott @defleppard I have this great image of my hero Jimi Hendrix on my wall to remind me to keep reaching for the stars.

“Ach ! A bit too glib for you ? Well, that’s my brave face.”

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He continued to explain that over Christmas he had felt “depression, hopelessness, fear”.

He wrote: “Most of this Christmas period I haven’t wanted to show my face because my face was grim.

“There’s something about this time of the year that paralyses me. Depression, hopelessness, fear … I get engulfed.

“Is it logical? No. Should I be grateful for my life and therefore NOT depressed? Yes. But none of that makes any difference when you look up and the colours have gone out of the world.”

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Inspiration for the next 10 years ? Thanks to my dear friend Joe Elliott @defleppard I have this great image of my hero Jimi Hendrix on my wall to remind me to keep reaching for the stars. Ach ! A bit too glib for you ? Well, that’s my brave face. Most of this Christmas period I haven’t wanted to show my face because my face was grim. There’s something about this time of the year that paralyses me. Depression, hopelessness, fear … I get engulfed. Is it logical ? No. Should I be grateful for my life and therefore NOT depressed ? Yes. But none of that makes any difference when you look up and the colours have gone out of the world. Tomorrow I am wrenching myself back into ‘normality’ – starting with some biking and stretching and hot and cold showering. Oh ! And the Veganuary quest ? It went OK on Day 2. Breakfast : half a grapefruit and crispbread with plant-based spread and home-made marmalade. Jasmin tea, black. Lunch : a Vegan Leggera Padana in Pizza Express with my littlest ones. That’s very easy – they do it all for you – they make it with Vegan cheese and it tastes just like ‘normal’ ! And for Dinner : some nice light veggies prepared by my amazing wife ! There are SO many great vegetables in the world – artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, roasted parsnips, new potatoes, and a rocket and tomato salad, perked up with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from dear old Luciano Pavarotti’s home town. Plus a nice selection of nuts and raisins. Hey ! This is a doddle !! Ha ha !! Well, we shall see ! Happy Friday folks … we’ll soon be out of this murky Sargasso Sea ! Bri

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However, he said that he hoped to get back into “normality” the following day with some exercise.

He even added that he was trying Veganuary.

The remainder of his post included: Tomorrow I am wrenching myself back into ‘normality’ – starting with some biking and stretching and hot and cold showering. Oh ! And the Veganuary quest ? It went OK on Day 2.

His fans took to the comments to wish the iconic guitarist well.

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One wrote: “It’s okay to feel depressed once in a while, just look forward the the great things that are coming!! And well done for your second day on being a vegan….keep it up!”

Another commented: “I hope you are feeling better soon brian. You deserve to be happy. Oh , and do not be ashamed – you still look great even at 72 !”

A further user commented: “I also get very depressed around this time of year. You got this! Enjoy the rest of your evening Brian!”

And a fourth praised: “I really appreciate you talking about your mental health, it helps me feel less alone.”

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Back in early December of last year, Brian shared with his followers a health update following surgery.

Taking to Instagram again, he thanked his fans for their support and reassured them that he was very much on the mend.

His caption included: “I’m in good shape – my procedure – a gastrocnemius release – seems to have hit the spot.”

He added: “As you can see, my dancing is now back to ‘normal’!!! Ha ha!”

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