Judas Priest lead vocalist Rob Halford was interviewed by Spain’s Mariskal Rock, during which he talked about his alcohol addiction while unveiling how he has managed to stay sober for almost 40 years.
Previously, in a documentary series named ‘Behind the Music‘ that he joined, Halford had confessed that he struggled with depression and isolation while hiding his sexuality so as not to be targeted. He added that this way of living was the main reason behind his severe alcohol addiction.
Halford’s addiction problems and arguments with his partner affected the creation of the band’s tenth studio album entitled ‘Turbo’ on April 14, 1986. In the same year, the singer decided to enter rehab to get rid of his alcohol addiction. Halford has been sober since then and never started using again, even after his partner committed suicide.
During his interview, the Judas Priest frontman stated that sometimes it’s hard not to think about alcohol because of all of the temptations around him. However, Halford has managed to stay away by focusing on the present and recalling his aggressive behavior toward everyone while under the influence.
In Halford’s words, he said:
“I think about it all the time. It’s an addiction. When I’m watching the Phoenix Cardinals play on TV the other day, there are constantly adverts for beer and for alcohol and stuff. I know it’s there. It’s a temptation. So you have to have all of the mental tools ready to get you through that instance.
‘Cause, it’s all about instances. I live one day at a time. I’ve lived one day at a time for 35 years now. That’s all that matters. It’s the moment. You live in the moment — not yesterday, not tomorrow; it’s now. You have to be ready for when that little beer devil comes on your shoulder and goes, ‘Come on, Rob. Have a little drink of beer.’ ‘F’ck off.’
Because I don’t want to feel that way again, man. I don’t want to be that person. I was miserable. I wasn’t happy. I was bad to people. I don’t want to go through that again. So that’s also part of my finding a balance in my day-to-day life.”
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