Florence Welch - 'Giving up alcohol is the best thing I ever did'

Virgin Radio

21 Jul 2022, 13:54


The Florence + The Machine singer hasn't touched a drop in eight years.

Florence Welch has reflected on life without alcohol in a new interview on the Spotify podcast The Way We Are With Munroe Bergdorf.

“In terms of navigating being in the public eye, I think sobriety is the best thing I ever did,” said the creator of May's Dance Fever. “It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I had a problem with drinking because I was one of those drinkers where it was all or nothing.

"If I enjoy my drinking, I can’t control it and if I control my drinking, I don’t enjoy it.”

Florence revealed to the English model and activist that, around the time of the release of her 2011 album Ceremonials, her relationship with drinking got to a point where she felt it needed addressing.

“It was like the glamour and the grandeur of Ceremonials that created this shield of how chaotic it was behind the scenes which is why I think that record is so dark,” she said.

“Sobriety was really lonely," she continued. "I had got into music to drink, you know, these two things that I loved the most. Singing, partying and alcohol are the things I was good at.”

She went to say, “if anyone is out there and struggling, it does get easier”.

Earlier this year, Florence + The Machine scored their/her/who knows fourth Number One album with Dance Fever. The singer heads out on tour in November for keenly anticipated live dates.

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