Billy Idol: ‘I Was Definitely a Massive Drug Addict’

Call it a “white” divorce. Interviewed on Resiliency Radio, rocker Billy Idol comes clean about his less-than-clean-livng past.

When host—and Def Leppard drummer—Rick Allen tells the White Wedding singer, “You look fantastic, better than you did in the Rebel Yell days, in the early ‘80s,” he replies:

CAPTION: "I did have children who I was responsible for and I knew my own actions would start to affect them," Billy (above) tells us of one of the reasons he got sober.

"I did have children who I was responsible for and I knew my own actions would start to affect them," Billy (above) tells us of one of the reasons he got sober.

“We were both—well, I was definitely a massive drug addict. I don’t know how I’m here now. I’m very lucky.

“I was always on some sort of high-octane cocktail of drugs—which was fun, but I was killing myself by being so dangerous,” Billy adds.

“It took a long time getting over being such a drug addict. I had periods of jumping off the wagon for years. I’m still not completely sober or whatever today—not to say that I ever would be, I don’t think. But I’m certainly not on that cocktail of drugs I was on at one time.”

Though Billy—who in 1990 was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which nearly cost him a leg—may not have kicked 100 percent, he is on something of a health kick these days.

“One of the things I’m doing is Pilates, because it’s very much a total-body system. And it’s very natural,” he says.

“That’s what I’ve started to look for, things that are natural and un-stress-related, if you see what I mean. So you’ll be in similar shape as you are now when you’re 70.

“I still wanna be rockin’ at 70. I don’t wanna be doin a line at 70!

“That’s what some of my friends do. But I’m not doin’ blow anymore.”

Earlier this month, British newspaper The Sun reported that, before his show in Belgrade, Serbia, Billy “stunned concert bosses with his boozefree list of backstage demands. He’s asked for water, tuna, herbal teas, almonds and yoghurts instead of crates of beer.”

To hear Billy’s full interview, click here.

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