Jimmy Barnes has opened up about a terrible night on the road when, having drunk the contents of his hotel minibar on top of a handful of sleeping tablets, he tried to hang himself.
In Auckland in 2012, on tour with Cold Chisel, Jimmy and his wife Jane went back to their luxury hotel suite, where, after she went off to bed, he proceeded to clean out the minibar of all its liquor.
"On the bedside table I have placed everything I could find in the minibar. I am in the process of pouring it all down my throat as fast and as quietly as I can," Jimmy writes in his upcoming memoir, Working Class Man.
"I am gagging as I wash down as many sleeping tablets as I can. This is how I get to sleep these days. In the haze I think about it all ending. Not waking up. Never having to face myself again. I pull an eye mask over my eyes and pray for peace."
After waking up the next morning, Jimmy said he had only a dim recollection of what had happened next.
But when he saw the dressing-gown cord tied to the rail in the wardrobe, the memory came "flooding back".
"The end of last night suddenly runs through my head like an old newsreel. Scratchy and unclear. I remember drinking the minibar but I don’t remember getting back up. But I know I did. I can see the evidence right there in front of my eyes. Tied around the clothes rail is the dressing gown cord, just where I must have left it. It all comes flooding back. The rail, the cord and me with the cord around my neck waiting to die.
Jimmy also writes that his wife had done everything in her power to help him battle his demons.
"Jane has tried everything to reach me," he said. "Everything to help me. But I am beyond help.