He recently revealed he had attempted suicide in 2012.
And now Jimmy Barnes has reflected on the death of 'dear friend' Micheal Hutchence, revealing he related to the the rocker's mental health struggles.
'I never spoke to anybody about it ... and Michael was probably staring into that same abyss,' Jimmy told Q and A on Monday.
'Michael was probably staring into that same abyss': Jimmy Barnes reflects on suicide of 'dear friend' Hutchence
Michael hung himself in Sydney hotel room in 1997 which was later ruled a suicide by authorities.
In a excerpt of his forthcoming autobiography, published by The Sunday Telegraph, Jimmy revealed he tried to kill himself in 2012 after an eight day drug and alcohol bender.
Speaking on Q and A, the rocker now believes he and Michael had more in common than just music.
Both were in pain: The rocker now believes he and Michael had more in common than just music.
'I just thought how could I possibly do this': Witnessing the grief of the INXS frontman's family following his suicide deterred him from going down the same path at the time
'I remember sitting with Michael when we were recording 'Good Times' and by that stage [in 1987] I was drinking copious amounts and taking drugs," Jimmy recalled.
'I remember thinking, "I'm staring into the abyss