Adele is one of the most successful recording artists in the entire world. She has toured in front of sold-out arenas, won multiple grammys, and sold millions of albums worldwide. However, a new biography released by the singer makes some shocking admissions about her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. The new book, titled “Adele: The Biography”, is incredibly candid when discussing how alcohol, particularly, took over the young singer’s life for a period of time before she found worldwide fame. Also, the book chronicles how she was once addicted to Xanax. As everyone now knows, mixing these two substances can be a recipe for disaster, and without help, can lead to serious health problems.
The book begins by explaining how Adele grew up around an alcoholic father, and how this experience helped shape her views and attitudes towards drugs and alcohol. Her father left the family when Adele was just three years old. In the book he states, “I barely knew my own name, let alone my responsibilities. I was a rotten dad”. This is a common affliction for many young parents who develop drug and alcohol addictions. Alcoholism can destroy families very easily, which is exactly what happened with Adele’s family.
Rise To Fame
The book goes on to suggest that the young singer’s rise to stardom helped conjure up feelings of her father, which led her to start drinking much more than normal. Over the first few years in which Adele was an international celebrity, she drank more and more. Sometimes this caused her to miss important engagements and pull out of scheduled shows. Usually, as many celebrities in the limelight do, the singer would site exhaustion as the reason why she was not able to fulfill her responsibilities. However, those close to the singer knew there was a bigger problem. Xanax and alcohol were slowly taking over the singer’s life, and she soon realized that she would need help to stop.
Adele has been compared to another famous British songstress who recently died from a drug and alcohol addiction; Amy Winehouse. Winehouse was not able to balance her severe addictions with her international fame, and it ultimately cost the young girl her life. Adele viewed Winehouse’s death as a shocking wakeup call. She even documents the exact moment when she knew she had reached rock bottom. She writes, “I got so drunk by the time I went on (stage) at 2 am I had forgotten the words to my own songs. It was the worst thing ever.” Since that night, Adele has joined therapy sessions to help her curb her addictive ways. The programs she went to have apparently done wonders, as the singer now enjoys her sobriety to the fullest. Since she cleaned up a few years ago, she has reached new levels of success that were once unimaginable. Adele also cleaned up at the 2012 Grammy awards taking home 6 awards in one night. This just goes to show that with proper care and a positive attitude, people who once struggled with addiction can go on to accomplish great things.