Bipolarism: 14 celebrated people who have lived with the condition

6. Brian Wilson

The former singer/songwriter of the Beach Boys suffered a breakdown on an airplane while touring and was sidelined from making hit singles for decades. The biopic Love & Mercy starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as the singer took an in-depth look at his life and struggles.


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7. Kurt Cobain

The lead singer of Nirvana was diagnosed with ADD as a child and eventually bipolar as an adult. Cobain didn't pursue any treatment and eventually committed suicide at the age of 27.



8. Jimi Hendrix

The rock legend had a tumultuous life that unfortunately ended at the age of 27. Hendrix wrote a song about his struggle called 'Manic Depression.'

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9. Ernest Hemingway

The famed author struggled with manic-depressive behavior all throughout his life. After writing acclaimed works such as A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway committed suicide at the age of 61.


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10. Russell Brand

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Russell Brand is a British comedian, actor, and activist. He has made his struggle with bipolar disorder a central focus of his public persona, often referencing it in his performances and writing. He’s known for speaking openly about instability in his past. He withstood an unhappy childhood, a heroin and crack habit, bulimia, and sex addiction. His bipolar disorder has helped shape his career: he’s now known for his intriguing combination of ambition and vulnerability.

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