My songs saved me from depression: Lionel Richie

Updated: Jun 29, 2013, 08:52 AM IST

London: Singer Lionel Richie says he was saved from depression following his divorce by listening to his own songs.

The `Hello` hitmaker admits he was broken in the mid-1990s following the death of his father and the breakdown of his marriage to first wife Brenda Harvey, reported Contactmusic.

"I went through a painful period in my life when I lost my father and got divorced at the same time. Then a friend said to me, `Lionel, I have some inspirational tapes I want you to listen to`.

"He handed me my own songs with certain ones underlined and I started listening to my lyrics - this time from the point of view of someone who needed that message. My friend said, `You already know the answers. You have done it for other people for years, it`s time for you to listen to yourself`. I used to look out into the audience and wonder why that guy was crying to one of my songs and now I get it - it just hits something in your core," he said.