The Australian music star, who is currently in rehab and risks a possible jail sentence on a charge of drink-driving, says he “feels like a complete f ** k-up.”
Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has posted his first message on social media after announcing last month that he was on his way to rehab to deal with mental health and alcohol problems.
Johns, 42, publicly announced on March 24 that he had been out for a car accident the day before after being “lost” while on the road and that he had recently suffered from “panic attacks”. It was reported this week that he could risk jail after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
“Along with my therapy, I have self-medicated with alcohol to deal with my anxiety and depression. I know this is not sustainable or healthy,” he wrote last month.
“I have to step back now that I’m in a rehab center myself and I do not know how long I will stay there. Appreciate your love and support as always.”
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In his first update since he started rehab, Johns today told fans that he only now realized the seriousness of his drinking problem.
“My drinking had become a bigger problem than I myself was aware of and how I have used it to help alleviate a number of deeper psychological problems that I have been living with since childhood. Some of these problems you know, and many cut much deeper. Alcohol is not medicine. I should never have treated it the way it was. I feel like a complete f ** k-up and I’m sorry, ”began the note, which was transcribed from a phone call with Johns in rehab.
“I take full responsibility for my actions on the evening of March 23, I am deeply sorry and I work every day to make it right again. I handle these cases professionally and privately. For legal reasons I am not able to to share details on social media or elsewhere before after June 22. “
Johns’ drink-driving trial has been adjourned until June 22, when the star this week pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol – which could lead to him serving a prison sentence.
This personal setback came amid what was to be a career comeback for Johns, who was the subject of a recent podcast series examining his progress to fame and very public struggles. His second solo album Future Never is set to be released next Friday, and Johns told fans he will still do his best to promote the new record, “while I continue this long healing journey – some days are better than others.”
“I spent the last 12 months building this project and made a small amount of media, so I hope we have enough there for you while I get my s ** t together,” he continued.
He also explained that his team would manage his Instagram account for the foreseeable future while focusing on getting better.
“April 22nd represents a new beginning for so many reasons … for anyone facing their own demons, you are not alone. Love you all, we are seen on the other side.”
The Australian music icon shocked fans during his publicity commitments last month when he confirmed that not only will he never reform the silver chair, he never intends to perform live again.
“Some people write records so they can perform it live, which is totally cool, but I don’t write music so I can perform it,” Johns said. Rolling stones.
“I just do not feel like a performing artist. I do not feel like a touring artist. I feel like someone who needs to invent things and invent new things. “
Johns had last year flatly confirmed that Silverchair would never reform with him at the helm in the first episode of the podcast Who is Daniel Johns?
“I would not even get Silverchair back together for a million dollars with a gun to my head,” he said.