Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley on battling alcoholism: “I thought I was turning schizophrenic”

Frontman speaks candidly about his battle to overcome alcohol addiction

Sum 41‘s Deryck Whibley has spoken candidly about his battle to beat alcohol addiction.

The frontman was diagnosed with liver failure following years of alcohol abuse in 2014, when he thanked the band’s fans for their support after sharing several disturbing pictures of himself looking worryingly thin and then recovering in hospital.

Sober ever since, Whibley and Sum 41 are preparing to release their new album ’13 Voices’ this Friday (October 7). Discussing his experience of overcoming addiction with Canoe, the singer replied: “It was just sort of a very uncertain time. A lot of insecurities. I actually thought I was going crazy at one point. I thought I was turning schizophrenic or something.”

“I had so much chaos and so much noise in my head,” he continued. “Everything was a question, which is where the term ’13 Voices’ came from.”

Whibley also said that he actually gets more enjoyment from playing live with Sum 41 now that he longer drinks. “I feel it more. You notice it more. And what I also notice more is the audience reaction. You see it,” he explained.

“But when you’re drunk you don’t really think about it. When you’re sober you can see the emotion, someone singing back lyrics, not because they know them but because it meant something to them at a certain point in your life.”