Yo Yo Honey Singh
Yo Yo Honey SinghVarinder Chawla

Rapper-composer Yo Yo Honey Singh came clean about his much-written self-imposed exile on his 33rd birthday (March 15). It was easily one of the best gifts he could have ever given his fans, who were in the dark about it for a while.

Honey's life may be tame now, but he was under massive stress during the time he decided to cut off from the world. While battling bipolar disorder, he approached four doctors but none of their medicines worked and "crazy things were happening."

Honey listed his fears in a tell-all interview with Bombay Times. He said he was scared and at one point thought he would live in darkness forever. "I didn't come out of my room, forget stepping out of the house. I had a beard and I didn't get a haircut for months. For someone who has performed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of facing four-five people. That's what bipolar disorder does to you."

He wrote 60-odd poems while fighting his fears and watching his mother break down.

Being away and not contributing much to the music scene hasn't rattled him a lot, and he continues to believe he is capable of offering something new to listeners. "I don't consider anyone my competition. I am secure about my music. When some artistes give a hit song, they keep repeating themselves in the same genre. I always try to create something new," he said.

Honey Singh version 2.0 is ready to roll, and the performer in him is reportedly looking forward to the TOIFA Awards, scheduled to be held March 18 in Dubai. This is good news, as it appears he's finally getting into the swing of things. Also, he's returning to acting: His Punjabi film "Zorawar" releases May 6.