Mary Lambert Talks Bipolar, No Longer Being a ‘Tortured Artist’

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There was a time when musician Mary Lambert attributed the quality of her work to her bipolar disorder.

Before her rapid rise to fame with marriage equality anthem “Same Love” – which she wrote with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – the singer believed her talent might diminish if she took medication.

“Before I got on full-time medication, I believed that my mental disorder was the reason I could create so much and create well, because it made me crazy,” she told Rolling Stone.

“I used to be on the kitchen floor, crying, wasted and thinking of lyrics,” she explained.

“That was the only way I could create – as a tortured artist.”

When she began to work with a major record label, she knew things would have to change.

“So I’ve been on regular medication for about four years, and I was just terrified that I wasn’t going to be able to get enough material out.”

But as it turns out, that fear wasn’t realized.

“I’ve learned that you can be stable and taking care of yourself and still create beautiful work.”

Mary released her first studio album, Heart On My Sleeve, in October last year. She is currently working on a second book of poetry, following the success of the first, 500 Tips for Fat Girls.