Jaden Hossler Shares Battle With Depression, Prayed to "Die in My Sleep"

Social media star Jaden Hossler opened up about his mental health in a new interview about his song "Pray." Scroll on to read his message about the track.

By Jess Cohen Aug 12, 2020 12:28 PMTags
Watch: Jaden Hossler Shares His Mental Health Struggles

Jaden Hossler is speaking out about his mental health.

Ahead of the release of his new song "Pray," the 19-year-old TikTok star shared the true meaning behind the track's lyrics. "Without a doubt, this is the realest and most prominent type of song that I've made," Jaden said in a new interview with Radio.com. "Because it's just something that people struggle with daily, it's like, just talking about the depression."

Jaden went on to tell host Kevan Kenney that the song is "kind of like a prayer that I was calling out before when I was in the depression." Referencing lyrics from the track, Jaden shared, "I'd pray to God, 'Let me die in my sleep.' And then coming out of it, there's the hope at the end of the road, you know? And it changes in verses from going, 'I pray to God to let me die' to 'I pray to God I don't die in my sleep.'"

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"So, it's just a really cool duality," Jaden continued. "And we get a really cool opportunity to kind of spotlight suicide and how people struggle with it."

The star, known to many fans by his social handle jxdn, went on to share that with "Pray" he had the chance to release "a song to unify everybody together." Jaden also noted that he'll be giving fans information at the end of track's music video in order to "give them steps if they need help, if they need people to talk to."

"This project means a lot to me," Jaden added. "I'm very grateful."

The star previously told fans on Twitter that his new single "will be one of my biggest songs of all time not because of numbers," but because of the message behind it, adding that "it's not a song it's a cry for help when i was at the lowest point in my life." Jaden also shared, "there is hope you're not alone."

Take a look at the video above to hear more from Jaden about his new song.

"Pray" will be released on Aug. 20.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.