The Rocket Man reflected on his recovery journey this week, saying he’d be dead if he hadn’t reached out for help years ago.
” detailed drug and alcohol binges that would last for days.
“The life I was leading, flying on the Starship [his private plane], living in beautiful houses, buying things left, right and center — it was not a normal life, not the sort of life I came from anyway,” he
last year. “I lost complete touch with that. I vowed when I did change my life that that would never happen again.”
John famously credited his friendship with
, an Indiana boy who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1990 at age 18, for motivating him to get sober that same year.
“After he died, I realized that I only had two choices,” John
recalled for NPR
in 2012. “I was either going to die or I was going to live, and which one did I want to do? And then I said those words, ‘I’ll get help,’ or ‘I need help. I’ll get help.’ And my life turned around.”
These days, John is looking forward to getting back on stage. Before the
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