After a brave confession in which he told fans that he suffered both from bipolar disorder and alcoholism, rapper Honey Singh seems to be firmly back on track to reclaiming his musical stardom in Bollywood.
The rapper, who has been roped in to perform at the second edition of the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA) in Dubai, has said that he is hoping to share the stage with superstar Salman Khan.
Honey — whose real name is Hirdesh Singh — has shared screen space (and performed live) with a string of A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachchan. However, he has never performed with Salman.
"I have performed with Shah Rukh bhai and Jacqueline Fernandez in the past, but not with Salman bhai. So I am looking forward to interacting with him (during) with my performance, if he is in the audience," said Honey.
Incidentally, the rapper celebrates his 33rd birthday today, and in an interview with the The Times of India, Honey revealed the truth about his nearly two-year long absence from the spotlight.
“The last 18 months were the darkest phase of my life, and I wasn't in a state to talk to anyone. I know there were rumours that I was in rehab (for a drug overdose), but I was in my Noida house throughout. The truth is I was suffering from bipolar disorder. It went on for 18 months, during which I changed four doctors, the medication wasn't working and crazy things were happening,” he said. “I must confess that I was… an alcoholic, which aggravated the condition.”
Honey said that for a year he didn’t meet anyone, rarely stepping out of his room. The rapper added that it was his mother who gave him the strength to carry on, and that he composed a song called “Rise and Shine” for her.
During the interview, Honey also negated the rumours of his rift with Shah Rukh Khan, saying that the superstar had been in touch with him during his illness.
With IANS inputs