"I had just given up."

Nate Ruess of Fun looks tired, and under­standably so. The 33-year-old's first solo album, Grand Romantic, is due June 16; an extensive press tour is underway; and he suffered a recent bout of pink eye. It's a late morning in May, and the Arizona-raised, Manhattan-based singer is slumped on a couch at Atlantic Records' Burbank offices, ready to discuss the album's big themes: his struggles with depression and past relationships. (He's currently dating designer Charlotte Ronson, 37.) While he's not religious, Ruess sometimes ponders the nature of existence and death.

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