These Musicians Have Spent Their Careers Battling Illness

Staring up at our rock star idols from the audience, shouting along to every word from every song, it’s easy to forget they’re not invincible. Elevated above us on a stage reaching heights that make them God-like figures, the truth is they’re much more human than we think. While many have battled debilitating illnesses behind the scenes in an effort to keep their stature alive, others like Elvis Costello, Demi Lovato, Bono, and Selena Gomez, have all come out publicly with their struggles, hoping to create awareness and help those in need feel supported. These are their stories.

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Will.i.am Uses Music To Drown Out The Ringing In His Ears

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Will.i.am rose to fame as a member of the Black Eyes Peas. As a solo artist he’s kept busy, too, releasing four albums. Never seeming to sleep, Will.i.am admitted years ago that the reason for his constant productivity is his tinnitus. Tinnitus, which is common among musicians, is a constant ringing in the ears.

To battle the unstoppable ringing, Will.i.am never stops making music. Staying in the studio and working on his craft helps drown out the noise. In one way, by working on his music, Will.i.am is living in his own noise-canceling headphones.