In a recent conversation, Billy Idol opened up about his addiction issues and recovery, revealing to Zane Low on Apple Music 1 that if he didn’t stop using drugs, he would be dead or in jail.
The “White Wedding” singer tried to “develop a kind of discipline” which included avoiding people involved in hard drugs.
The rocker revealed, “Drug addicts, we’re very smart. We’re not going to let you know, we’re going to hide it. We’re going to lie to you. We’re not going to tell you the truth.” Idol goes on to say, “That’s the problem with addiction: we’re not being honest about it. Hide it and do it in secret, try to get away with it.”
Idol continued, “I’m not one hundred percent. I quit the hard stuff and I don’t drink a lot, things like that. I mean, I always cared about myself physically and everything. So yes i had to think about where i was going. i had to sort out this problem about myself with drug addiction and this is what was happening to me in my hospital bed. this had sort of directed my life for about 10 years. And then yes, over the next 10 years, I was able to gradually, I don’t know, develop some kind of discipline. “
After his motorcycle accident, he started to recover. The singer said, “I had the motorcycle accident because I was a drug addict, and I needed to get over it. And it took a long time.”
That’s why Idol got involved in MusiCares, a program that supports musicians with drug problems. “I hope this is something that will help musicians to go to this foundation and ask for help if they really want to clean up music, it is a great help for musicians and I hope that there is for others, “he concludes.