In the news today, is another report of a drug addicted rockstar. It appeared to be nothing more than a claim, until Oli Sykes tweeted an article about it, not once but twice. Neither time did he deny that it was true. The first time, he simply posted the article, and the second time, he just commented on the fact that they tried to censor his cussing, but forgot to censor the last "fuck" he said.
Oli has been quoted saying, “I want to say something that I never thought I’d actually talk about. Before we wrote ‘Sempiternal’ I was a fucking drug addict. I was addicted to a drug called ketamine; I was on it for years and I was fucked off my head. My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me and my fucking brother wanted to kill me; everyone wanted to kill me, everybody wanted to fucking take me to hell, but they didn’t. They stood by me, they supported me through all of that shit, and we wrote ‘Sempiternal’ because of it. No one fucking knows, no one fucking knows this, but I went to rehab for a month, and through that time, as well as my fucking band and my family, you guys – you had no fucking idea that I was in rehab – but you were sending me letters, you were sending me texts, you were sending me fucking emails. And when I got out of that rehab I didn’t want to fucking scream anymore, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. And it’s all thanks to you, so thank you very much.”
That actually explains the change in sound all fans saw on the Sempiternal album, and frankly, it worked out in their favor. Good for Oli for getting himself help, and being appreciative of all the support he had from fans, family, and friends.
For those who do not know, ketamine is usually used on animals and comes in either a powder or liquid form. It can be injected, consumed in drinks, snorted, or added to joints or cigarettes. Ketamine has also been used as a 'date rape' drug, as it often creates a dream like state where users find it difficult to move. Side effects of short or long term use increased heart rate and blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, numbness, depression, amnesia, hallucinations and potentially fatal respiratory problems. That actually probably played a big factor in why Oli has previously had obvious depression and such.
Good job, Oli. We're all proud of you for taking care of yourself. Keep it up, and sing it for the world.
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