The rocker announced a break from music after he was diagnosed with ear-ringing disease Meniere’s just over two years ago, and fans were shocked when he simply disappeared from the scene, reports contactmusic.com.
“I took a year with just figuring out how extensive the symptoms were and what was really happening in my body,” he told New York Times.
The 36-year-old singer-songwriter also revealed that during his health hiatus, he almost gave up music altogether thanks to remarks from mean critics.
“It wasn’t because it was so hard to do what I was doing. It was because I’m doing this in a world where there are people I should not be listening to who are saying things like, ‘I wish you would stop making records’. There is a lot of hate out there for the dumbest reasons, and that’s really hard to deal with because I make records. I don’t make Styrofoam. I’m not like a commodities broker who’s like ripping people off on the side.”