Singer says his band and family 'wanted to kill me'
Bring Me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes has spoken, for the first time, about being addicted to the drug ketamine.
The frontman spoke at the Alternative Press Music Awards at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio in the USA on Tuesday (July 22), where his band were collecting the Album of the Year award for their 2013 LP ‘Sempiternal’.
Sykes told the crowd: “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.”
He added: “My band wanted to kill me, my parents wanted to kill me, my fucking brother wanted to kill me, everyone wanted to kill me. They wanted to fucking take me to hell, but they didn’t. They stood by me, they supported me through all that shit and we wrote ‘Sempiternal’ because of it.”
The singer also admitted to going to rehab to help him overcome dependency on the drug, which is used as an anaesthetic and analgesic in veterinary medicine.
Sykes said: “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 had no 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 rehab I didn’t want to fucking scream any more, I wanted to sing it from the fucking rooftops. It’s all thanks to you, so thank you very much.” Click below to watch the full speech.
Ketamine was suspected to be to blame for the death of a 26-year-old man at Glastonbury Festival this year.