Holy moly. Sum 41 frontman (and ex-husband to Avril Lavigne) Deryck Whibley looks like a walking PSA against excessive drinking. The musician opened up over the weekend about his battle with alcohol on his personal website and was spotted Monday out and about with his fiancee Jocelyn Aguilar and another female friend.
Dude doesn't look so hot. In fact, he looks downright ... gaunt and not at all like his usually adorable self. The 34-year-old rocker was hospitalized for weeks after he collapsed at home while trying to pour himself yet another drink.
Can you believe it? That's his fiancee on the left, by the way. He not only looks thin and frail, he just looks ... a little bit lost almost. Recovery is a good thing, but it's also a hard road to travel.
He said it was the culmination of years of "hard boozing." On May 16, he wrote in a blog post titled "Rock Bottom," "it finally caught up to me. i was drinking hard every day. until one night. i was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around mid night and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden i didn’t feel so good. i then collapsed to the ground unconscious. my fiancé got me rushed to the hospital where they put me into the intensive care unit."
He also described being out cold for the first week and waking up not knowing where he was. According to Whibley, his liver and kidneys collapsed, and "if i have one drink the doc’s say i will die. i’m not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. i didn’t, and look where that got me."
It seems like the road to recovery has provided some opportunity to get back to his music, and he already has a few song ideas. Because if you're going to hit rock bottom, you might as well use it as inspiration for something!
Seriously though, I have to commend him for being open about his battle with addiction and not hiding away until he's "all better." He's sick. He's sick because he made some very bad choices, and talking about it, and sharing pictures from the hospital, and even just showing his face in public is a way to share his message. Look what this did to me, he's saying. Don't let it happen to you. I think that's kind of awesome, and we're looking forward to seeing him continue on the path of wellness.
Do you think it's a good idea to talk about addiction in the recovery process?