Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has discussed his past troubles with drugs in a new interview.
Armstrong entered rehab for substance abuse in September 2012 after an onstage meltdown at IHeartRadio Festival (see footage below).
Speaking to Q, Armstrong said of this period: “The thing about someone who’s losing their mind is that they don’t know they’re losing their mind. I thought my life was completely normal. And it wasn’t. I was on drugs! And people aren’t acting rationally when they’re on drugs. So I had to take care of myself. I had to kick that, and I did. Then we took a long break which was totally necessary.”
Armstrong also admitted that the trilogy of albums his band released that year – ‘¡Uno!’, ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tré!’ – “have absolutely no direction to them”. He explained: “It was about being prolific for the sake of it”.
Meanwhile, Armstrong stars in a new film called Ordinary World. Watch the trailer here.
In the movie, Armstrong plays the part of Perry, “an aging former punk rocker who’s now a married father of two”. It also stars Judy Greer, Selma Blair, Dallas Roberts, Fred Armisen, Brian Baumgartner and Kevin Corrigan. Lee Kirk directs.