John Newman 'pauses' music career after suffering depression due to his work

John Newman has left his record label as he puts his music career on pause.

The 29-year-old made his comeback in March with his latest single Stand By Me, after releasing three singles over the past four years.

However, the Love Me Again singer confirmed that he is taking a break after suffering depression ‘due to my work’.

John wrote in a Twitter and Instagram statement: ‘To my loyal friends, family and fans, I felt I needed to make everyone aware of y future and of my present. I have found it very difficult to announce this to my closest and the people around me as I feel the world is so quick to look at the negative and that is the opposite to what I aim to look for in me as a person.

‘Today is marking the end of an incredible and amazing era in my life but change is a positive and uplifting thing. I have decided to pause my career to be able to discover the better side of me that is still there despite feeling such depression due to my work.

‘My drive will always exist, my persistence and perseverance to achieve and succeed and to re build.

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To my loyal friends, family and fans i felt i needed to make everyone aware of my future and of my present. I have found it very difficult to announce this to my closet and the people around me as i feel the world is so quick to look at the negative and that is the opposite to what i aim to look for in me as a person. Today is marking the end of an incredible and amazing era in my life but change is a positive and uplifting thing. I have decided to pause my career to be able to discover the better side of me that is still there despite feeling such depression due to my work. My drive will always exist, my persistence and perseverance to achieve and succeed and to re build. With this in mind i have decided to walk away on good terms from both my long time label Island Records/ Universal and also my long term managment Closer Artists. As said this is the end of an era and the start of a new me, to regain my drive and my thirst to continue, to make the greatest music i have ever made and to be happy within myself in everyway. I want to thank everyone that has been apart of this journey in every step from my team at Island/Universal and all the amazing people that have got stuck in and made it a pleasure at Closer managment, Paul you have always been a farther figure to me. I need my fans now to support me and fill me with positivity more than ever, to understand I am strong and most of all i will continue to accomplish my dreams in every way possible. It pulls a tear to say goodbye to this era and the music and memories i say good bye to with it but the future is key and i believe i can always deliver better. Throughout the year i will deliver some of the most incredible collaborations i have produced however for now I am to reconsider what my solo music career is and will be. Big love to everyone that has been here through the start of this journey and everyone that will be here to see my passion for the future to unfold! Big love everyone I got this…. John X

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‘With this in mind I have decided to part ways on good terms with both my long time label Island Records/Universal and also my long term management Closer artists.

‘As said this is the end of an era and the start of a new me, to regain my drive and my thirst to continue, to make the greatest music I have ever made and to be happy within myself in every way.’

After thanking his label and management, John continued: ‘It pulls a tear to say goodbye to this era and the music and memories I say goodbye to wth it but the future is key and I believe I can always deliver better. 

‘Throughout the year I will deliver some of the most incredible collaborations I have produced however for now I am to reconsider what my solo music career is and will be.’

Keith Lemon commented on Instagram: ‘Hope you’re ok mate. Good luck with whatever is next!’, while Laura Whitmore wrote: ‘Looking forward to seeing and hearing what you’ve created!’

And Nina Nesbitt, who collaborated with John on Without You last year, wrote: ‘ending you lots of positive vibes ✨ you’ve got this.’

The singer from the Yorkshire Dales burst onto the scene with the number one hit Love Me Again in 2013, which saw him nominated for three Brit Awards the following year, and he nabbed number ones with his collaborations with Rudimental (Feel The Love) and Calvin Harris (Blame). 

However, last year, Newman told Metro.co.uk that the chase for hits caused him to enter a deep depression. 

He said: ‘It was the first time I’d been properly mentally challenged in my life. My success had always been increasing – I’d been doing gigs in the town I grew up in, then in Leeds, then in London. Then I had a number one, then Calvin Harris was ringing up. When it went downhill and I went into really choppy waters, was when people were looking into longevity and were like “c’mon John, it’s nearly summer, let’s get that single out” – and when it wasn’t hitting the mark, that literally started ripping my heart out and sending me, like, “what the f*** do I do?”

‘If music is sending me mentally unwell, I was really struggling. It’s that thing of when you’ve been bullied growing up – everyone loves you and then when you’re starting to be forgotten,  you’re like “who the f*** am I, what do I do now?” When you get that area, you turn to other people, but those people just want you to keep making those hits. Every interview I did, people wanted to talk about other stuff – so, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris’s relationship, you must know about that, or how’s your brain tumour doing? I couldn’t breathe.’

John, who married his longtime girlfriend Nana in 2018, continued: ’So after that, I was like I either keep doing music this way, and it keeps declining, and I keep going deeper into depression, or I stop and I go live my life somewhere else, I don’t need to live in London. Or the third option was I go see somebody, I deal with this, and I make music that expresses myself and get my heart out and love every second and not give a s*** about the formula like I used to. So I decided to go for that option. 

‘If that doesn’t work, I’ll go live on a farm, because I’m not going back to that, I’m not going back to trying to score a goal from the other end of the pitch.’

The star – whose brother James Newman was set to represent the UK at Eurovision this year before it was cancelled due to coronavirus – suffered a health setback in 2016 when he underwent surgery for a brain tumour, four years after his first op.

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