July 14, 2012 15:07
Elton John: 'I wasted a big part of my life on drugs'
Singer says he was too 'self-absorbed' to deal with addiction problems
Speaking to the Today show, the singer claimed he had been "consumed by cocaine, booze and who knows what else" and also said he felt like "the luckiest man in the world" after he managed to avoid being diagnosed with AIDS following the rise of HIV in the 80s.
John, who claimed in March of this year that he could have met a similar fate to late singer Whitney Houston because he "did as much cocaine as she ever did", said: "I wasted such a big part of my life, when this epidemic was beginning to happen in the early 1980s. And I was a drug addict and self-absorbed.
"You know, I was having people die right, left and centre around me, friends. And yet, I didn't stop the life that I had, which is the terrible thing about addiction. It's that bad of a disease."
I was consumed by cocaine, booze, and who knows what else. I apparently never got the memo that the Me generation had ended.
Addressing his own health, the singer also went on to say: "'You know what? When you take a drug and you take a drink and you mix those two together, you think you're invincible. I came out of this HIV-negative. I was the luckiest man in the world.''
In May, the iconic singer suffered a health scare after he was taken to hospital so he could receive treatment for a respiratory infection, forcing him to cancel a run of shows in Las Vegas. However, his spokesperson later confirmed that he was "doing well" and had returned home to recover following his hospitalisation.
John will release a new album titled 'The Diving Board' this autumn. Speaking about the LP, which is the follow-up to his 2010 effort 'The Union', he claimed that the LP was his "most exciting" for a long time and said he was "psyched" about the finished product.
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