Elton John Celebrates 30 Years Of Sobriety – Says It’s A “Magical Day"
Aug 01, 2020
Sir Elton John, 73, on Thursday celebrated his 30th year of sobriety. He marked the occasion by taking to social media to thank his family and friends for their support.
Singer Elton John celebrated his 30th year of sobriety with a pair of messages and photos on Twitter and Instagram: “If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way,” he wrote.
John also shared photos of a cake shaped like '30', a 30-year recovery chip, and a table filled with cards from friends and family. The latter photo was accompanied by the caption: “Reflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers, and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes. I’m truly a blessed man.”
In a 2013 feature for Rolling Stone titled My Life in 20 Songs, the singer frankly discussed the links between some of his biggest songs and his substance and alcohol use. For instance, while speaking about 1988’s Reg Strikes Back and I Don’t Wanna Go on With You Like That, John described that period as him “headed for the abyss,” and noted: “When I’m in the studio, I’m paying full attention, but on that album, I was out of control.”
Of making 1992’s The One, his first record after getting sober, he admitted, “I was used to making records under the haze of alcohol or drugs, and here I was, 100% sober, so it was tough. But I managed to come up with a good song, which was the title of the record. The North I love a lot; that’s my favorite song without question. Then, of course, afterward, The Lion King came along and all hell broke loose.”
John has been open about his struggles with drugs and alcohol, speaking to Marc Malkin for Variety last year on his journey to getting sober since 1990:
"When you come out of treatment, it’s like being reborn. You are so stripped down and completely vulnerable. It’s like starting life over with a new rule book for living. I felt trepidation about how I would be able to do anything again."
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