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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Adam Clayton: ‘I felt empty despite selling millions of records with U2 and living privileged life’

U2 bassist tells of battle with depression as he launches Walk In My Shoes campaign to support mental health services

Nicola Anderson

Published 30/04/2014 | 13:34

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ADAM Clayton today admitted how he used to feel 'emptiness' despite living "what seemed like a privileged life".

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He revealed how playing with U2 allowed him to forget about his depression - but when he spent 'a minute' away from music he "wasn't getting that fix."

The worldwide superstar took time out from working on the band's upcoming album to launch the Walk In My Shoes campaign to support mental health services at St Patrick's Hospital in Dublin.

It is his third year to support the fundraiser, alongside celebrities like Brent Pope, 98fm dj Ray Foley and band, The Original Rude Boys, in asking for the public to join in on May 9 for Walk In My Shoes Day by stepping out in stylish or mismatched shoes.

The campaign was inspired by a 16 year old patient at St Patrick's Hospital who wished his friends could 'walk in his shoes' to understand what he was going through.

Clayton told how he - like many musicians - loves "the peacefulness music brings to a restless spirit."

"But if I spent a minute away from music, I wasn't getting that fix," he said.

This year, Walk In My Shoes has teamed up with Arnotts and today revealed a celebrity shoe exhibition for the campaign. Shoes from celebrities including Tiger Woods, Brian O'Driscoll, Rory McIlroy, Lulu Guinness, Michael Flatley and Cecelia Ahern will be showcased in the Arnotts windows and throughout the Arnotts shoe department.

The shoes will be auctioned online at the end of May with funds going towards the Walk In My Shoes drive.

 

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