Elton John celebrates the 30th anniversary of his sobriety in a post on Instagram. The music icon admits he is still alive today after stopping alcohol and drug abuse and asking the proper help he needed three decades ago.
The 73-year-old legend reflects on the past as he reaches this milestone, calling his "30th Sobriety Birthday" the most magical day. In the post, he shares a series of photos of the cards he receives, a number-30 cake, and his 30 year AA sobriety chip.
The singer-songwriter thanked Alcoholic Anonymous for guiding him on this journey to have a clean lifestyle. He, also, expressed his gratitude to his husband, David Furnish, their sons, Zachary, 9, and Elijah, 7, and his staff at home and office for the bunch of cards, flowers, and chips.
The legendary composer felt he is a truly blessed man, admitting that if he had not "taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago," he would probably be dead. He, then, thanked everyone from the bottom of his heart for inspiring and supporting him along the way.
View this post on InstagramReflecting on the most magical day having celebrated my 30th Sobriety Birthday. So many lovely cards, flowers and chips from my sons, David, friends in the Program, staff at the office and in our homes. I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead. Thank-you from the bottom of my heart to all the people who have inspired and supported me along the way. A post shared by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Jul 29, 2020 at 1:55pm PDT
John's post was quickly filled with positive and congratulatory messages from his fans and friends alike. Fellow songwriter, singer, and his lyricist Bernie Taupin commended his pal by leaving a "bravo" comment with a hand prayer emoji.
Elizabeth Hurley and David Beckham both sent him heart emojis, too. Canadian filmmaker David Furnish called him "my hero" while the English musician Sam Fender congratulated the hitmaker.
One fan was glad John made it alive today, sending his love for him. Some even praised how far he had become after going through those dark days of his life. Managing to be sober for 30 years, they also praised him for being an inspiration.
According to Biography, behind the flamboyant, legendary singer performing on stage, he was a reserved and shy guy offstage. Hence, he used cocaine to overcome this behavior in the 1970s. For about 16 years, John experienced life through "a drug-fueled haze."
Aside from drugs, he also smoked joints, drank a bottle of wine, and would stay awake for three days. He would, then, doze off for a day and a half, get up to eat, and feel very hungry after not eating anything.
John would binge eating three bacon sandwiches and a pot of ice cream but would only end throwing it all because he was also bulimic. He would, then, do the whole thing over again like it was a cycle. With this scenario, he admitted his substance abuse "almost ended his life."