The Brothers Osborne John Osborne Shares Battle with Anxiety

In a recent appearance on CBS’ Sunday Morning, The Brothers Osborne talked about growing up in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay, T.J.’s decision to come out as gay, and John’s struggles with anxiety.

The older of the two brothers, John, said his near-crippling anxiety almost prevented him from recording Skeletons, the brothers’ latest album in 2019.

He says, “I remember calling our manager at the time, and I told him, ’I can’t go in the studio. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I don’t know why I’m not happy. I’m depressed. My anxiety is through the roof. I can’t sleep. My ears are ringing.’”

TJ admitted that he was concerned “big time” about his brother, “I remember we were on stage … I just look at him and tell he did not wanna be there, y’know? And that’s when I was like, ‘Wow, like, we need to go home now.’”

With some help, John was able to continue working and finish the album.

“With a lot of therapy, a lot of self-help, a lot of love from my friends and family, I was able to kind of get to a better place so we [could finish] the album. [Recording the album almost made me] consider quitting music…which is something I never in my life thought I would want to do.”

He added, “I’ve never in my life been more proud to be a part of country music than I am today. This genre is beautiful and amazing, and the songwriting and the performing is incredible.”

Watch the full interview below.


The guys just released their new single, “I’m Not For Everyone,” which they debuted on the 2021 ACM Awards.