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"I Was A Broken Man:" Elton John Expresses Gratitude As He Achieves 29 Years Of Sobriety

Date July 30, 2019 17:17

Fighting addiction can be very difficult and those who are experiencing this process often find the strength to keep going by hearing stories of the people who have survived it. This is why Elton John's openness about his struggle serves as an inspiration.

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"I am a survivor"

Elton John is known as an iconic musician but this doesn't mean he didn't face his fair share of challenges. In an interview with Variety, he opened up about how his substance abuse often caused him to lose touch with reality.

The "Rocketman" revealed that for a long time, he dealt with addiction as well as bulimia and anger management problems.

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The 72-year-old singer did eventually change his life. And thanks to his decision to turn things around, he has managed to maintain sobriety for nearly 3 decades.

I am a survivor, I’ve survived a lot of things. Life is full of pitfalls, even when you’re sober. I can deal with them now because I don’t have to run away and hide.

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Celebrating 29 years sober

Elton John hasn't forgotten how far he has come. On July 29, he shared a post on Instagram where he reflected upon his journey.

29 years ago today, I was a broken man.

He revealed in his post that while deep in his struggles, he found the courage to ask for help. The singer also appreciated those who have supported him and offered assistance on his "journey to sobriety."

John's touching post was followed by comments from fans who celebrated with him and praised his resilience. @mickeymouse_980 hailed the star, "you’re a legend through and through," and @rockinbluejeans said;

Congratulations Elton!!! I am so glad for all you’ve been able to accomplish! Here’s to many more years of happiness for you!

Making the decision to adopt a better and healthier lifestyle turned out to be the best thing for John. And thanks to that choice, today, he's a happily married father of two.