Nick Cave says he was “an incomplete or unspecified human being” with a narrow worldview before the death of his teenage son.
Bad Seeds musician said writing in his upcoming memoir about the tragic incident has helped “reinforce his beliefs”.
Arthur Cave died in 2015 at the age of 15, after falling off a cliff in Ovingdean, near Brighton.
The Australian singer-songwriter spoke to Newsnight about his memoir, Faith, Hope and Carnage.
When asked if Arthur’s death had strengthened his beliefs, Cave replied: “Yes, I think a lot has happened. I think the writing of the book, oddly enough, does just that.
“The book itself begins with a sort of anxiety around questions of faith and ends with more certainty about those.”
Speaking more broadly about his life after Arthur’s death, he continued: “I don’t know if I said this in the book – but I think after my son died, I personally think I has become a real person.
“Before that happened, I was an incomplete or undefined human being. I had a very limited view of the world. “
These letters are a great source of comfort and I want to thank all of you for your supportNick’s Cave
Tragedy struck Cave again in May this year with the death of his eldest son Jethro, 31.
He later thanked fans for their support on the blog The Red Hand Files, writing: “Many others have written to me about Jethro, offering their condolences and kind words.
“These letters are a great source of comfort and I want to thank all of you for your support.”
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Fashion model Jethro was previously jailed after the attack on his mother Beau Lazenby, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to the Guardian.
– BBC Newsnight airs on 10 November at 10:30pm on BBC Two.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/nick-cave-was-an-incomplete-or-unformed-human-before-teenage-sons-death-42132993.html Nick Cave was ‘an incomplete or formless person’ before the death of his teenage son