"He's been through it all," says Whibley of his friend
Whibley was admitted to hospital earlier this year after his liver and kidneys collapsed as a result of years of heavy drinking. The singer is now out of hospital and recovering at home with the help of a number of close musical friends.
Speaking to Kerrang!, Whibley says: “Now I’m sober, I don’t get calls from certain people that I used to… the drinking friends. Now I’m the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party? Y’know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he’s been through it all. We’ve been friends for years.”
“Same for Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe. He told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand. Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum from Guns N’ Roses have been great too. We go out for coffee and talk about shit.”
Earlier this year Whibley said that if he has one drink, he will die. “I’ve been very sick in the hospital for a month and was pretty sick for a few weeks leading up to my trip to the hospital,” he wrote in a letter to fans. “The reason I got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years. It finally caught up to me. I was drinking hard every day,” he wrote, explaining that his fiancee rushed him to hospital after his collapse and he was put in an intensive care unit.