”He looked like a 60-year-old man, terribly ill and sad. He had large bags under his eyes, and was overweight. Emotionally he was dead, like a corpse. I saw Elvis Presley in Washington before he died. I looked him in the eye and there was nothing there. And in the end there was nothing in me either ”. So he spoke of himself Elton John when I was 46, about his addiction to alcohol and drugs and his bulimia disease that I had passed a year earlier. Now, three decades later, the artist has celebrated being sober for so long.
The artist has commemorated it and he has received greeting cards for staying away from that world: “A reflection of the most magical day with the celebration of my 30th birthday of sobriety. I have received many loving cards, flowers and gifts from my children, from David, from my friends in the program and from my employees both in the office and in our homes. ”
The British has also confessed in his message that “if I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I would be dead.”
Elton John’s problems have never been a secret. In fact, the movie Rocketman (2019), based on his life, narrates his addictions, his family problems and the diseases he suffered. Furthermore, in her memoirs entitled. Yo: Elton John, where he tells of his troubled relationship with his mother and the process he went through when he suffered from prostate cancer. Although drugs no longer have a presence in his body, the artist assured that they are still present in his mind.
“I still dream a couple of times a week that I am snorting cocaine (…) I am very lucky not to have AIDS. I wasted a big part of my life. He was a drug addict and he only thought about consuming. People, my friends, kept dying around me And yet, I did nothing to stop and change my life, ”he confessed in an interview on NBC.
The artist suffered from drug dependence and alcoholism from the mid-1970s until 1990, when he managed to detoxify. He used them, as he himself confessed, to fight against his shyness and the weight of fame, without knowing which world he was entering and who would become a person with whom it was “impossible to live with.”
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This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.