"Confess"arrived on September 29 via Hachette Books. It was written with Ian Gittins, co-writer of"The Heroin Diaries"by Nikki Sixx. In the book,Halforddiscusses in detail what it was like becoming the first metal icon to announce he is gay in 1998 during anMTVinterview, despite knowing about his sexuality since he was 10. Although his bandmates and their management knew he was gay and were accepting, he was advised to be discreet given the macho hetero nature of the metal world. He also opens up about surviving sexual abuse, as well as his struggles with depression, substance abuse, sobriety, and the suicide of one of his former partners. He also talks about how his own suicide attempt in 1986 led him to the rehab program that saved his life.