Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has spoken out about rehab to apologize for the events that led to his drunk driving accident in March.
The 42-year-old may risk jail time for the incident that injured two others, but he said he assumes full responsibility and offered his support to anyone else “facing their own demons”.
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The apology was transcribed by Johns’ team after he called them with the message from a rehabilitation center where he is currently self-admitted, and posted on Instagram on Saturday.
“I take full responsibility for my actions on March 23, I am deeply remorseful and I work every day to make it right again,” Johns said.
“I feel completely crazy and I’m sorry.”
Johns said his alcohol abuse stunned the psychological problems he has been dealing with since childhood.
“Some of them you know, and many cut much deeper,” he said.
“Alcohol is not a drug, I should never have treated it the way it was.”
Police said Johns had been three times over the legal drink limit when his car crossed to the wrong side of the road and drove into a van in the NSW Hunter region around 10.30pm.
Johns was arrested on the spot, later underwent another breath test, which revealed a reading of 0.157, police said.
The van driver, 51, and his female passenger, 55, were treated on the spot and the woman was taken to the hospital.
The trial adjourned
Johns was due to appear in court in Hunter Valley on April 11, but was absent due to his rehabilitation program, and the case was adjourned until June 22 for sentencing.
Magistrate Ian Cheetham ordered Johns to contact Corrective Services NSW officers within seven days to make a sentencing report.
“For anyone facing their own demons, you are not alone,” Johns said.
“Love you all, see you on the other side. Dan x. “
The pain of fame
Johns had suffered from reactive arthritis and anorexia, where at one point he weighed 50 kg and was so weakened that he could not move, the lawyer said.
In October 2021, also on his podcast, he recounted his crippling battle with anorexia and how he at one point walked “Kurt Cobain’s path.”
“People did not talk about mental health in the late ’90s, it was not a thing. It made you look like you were weak,” he explained.
Johns ‘lawyer also provided insight into Johns’ struggles when his case was heard earlier in April.
“He has dealt with the negative effect of fame he never wanted. He does not like it,” said his lawyer Bryan Wrench.
“His main focus is his mental health.”
Johns was prepared to accept a ban on drinking alcohol as part of any intensive correction order imposed on him if it meant avoiding jail, his lawyer said.
Right after the accident, and before he admitted himself to rehab, Johns explained the situation again via an Instagram post.
“As you know, my mental health is an ongoing work. I have good days and bad days, but it’s something I always have to cope with,” he wrote.
“Over the last week, I started experiencing panic attacks.
“Last night I got lost while driving and I was in an accident. I’m okay, everyone’s okay.
“Along with my therapy, I have self-medicated with alcohol to manage my PTSD, anxiety and depression. I know this is not sustainable or healthy.
“I have to step down now that I’m being admitted to a rehabilitation center myself and I do not know how long I will stay there.”