Brantley Gilbert‘s made no secret about his struggle with addiction, but he’s been sober for over five years now, and says it was tough love from his family and friends that finally sent him to rehab.
“You hear your whole life, people will tell you, that the people that are closest to you, will be with you through anything, will never leave. I found out that that’s not the case, at all,” Brantley confesses in a statement from his label.
“Some of the people that love me and cared about me the most were people that said, ‘You know what man, if that’s what you’re about, if being who you are and running with that crowd, the route you’re on, if that’s what you’re about right now, I can’t be about it with you.’
“And I mean, my two godkids, the closest thing I ever thought I’d come to kids, were my God kids, and I mean, I love my godkids more than words,” he continues. “I wasn’t gettin’ to see them. I didn’t see my mom a whole lot because she knew, you know she could tell. Stayed mad at my dad. People that were really close to me that cared about me, I just pushed away and other people that knew what was going on said, ‘Man, no, just no.’”
Since becoming sober, Brantley has since married, and the couple is now expecting their first child together.