It has been a long year for Byron Bay artist Mitch Gobel, who first revealed he was giving up alcohol to beat addiction – and then decided to embrace moderation.
And now after opening up about both his past demons and reasons for giving up sobriety, Mitch now wants to help other men share their true feelings.
‘As a man, I feel it is my duty to encourage other men to embrace our femininity,’ he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday.
‘We are moving away from a world dominated by gender and social ideals. For a man to be a “man” in this day is for a man to be comfortable expressing himself emotionally.’
Byron Bay artist Mitch Gobel (pictured with his partner Sally Mustang) revealed on Instagram that he wants to help men ’embrace our femininity’
The 27-year-old said he no longer wanted to follow the societal norm of masking his vulnerabilities and holding back tears.
‘There is no strength in disregarding our emotions, as men or women,’ he said.
‘To speak openly and honestly about what we feel is to be empowered.’
‘There’s nothing wrong about holding back our tears or beliefs, only by expressing these feelings can we inspire and encourage others to do the same.’
‘And in doing so we create a better world, in our own little way.’
Mitch revealed he has created a special piece of artwork, titled Men of Love, to communicate these feelings, posing in front of it with his partner Sally Mustang for the Instagram post.
‘I pray for men to not have to carry the old-school ideals of what it is to be a man,’ he concluded.
The 27-year-old said he no longer wanted to follow the societal norm of masking his vulnerabilities and holding back tears
After opening up about both his past demons and reasons for giving up sobriety, Mitch now wants to help other men share their true feelings
‘I pray for men to cry, to express themselves and follow their heart in a way which actually makes them powerful.’
‘I pray for men to embrace love above all things because, in that new ideal, we all find peace as human beings.’
Mitch took to Instagram earlier this month to reveal that he no longer had plans to give up alcohol after he ‘got what I needed’ from sobriety.
‘Sobriety was a beautiful experience. Above all, it taught me how to connect with people naturally again…and reintroduced me to my true-self again,’ he wrote.
‘I want to really emphasise that what I’m about to say is what resonated for me personally – For me, being completely sober was just as isolating as being an addict.
Mitch first shot to fame with his stunning bohemian girlfriend Sally for sharing their sex life on Instagram (pictured together)
Earlier this year, the Instagram star said his addictions had spiralled out of control and left him in a ‘dark place’
‘I received what I needed from sobriety and now I choose to have a drink, or take psychedelics with them occasionally.’
Earlier this year, the Instagram star said his addictions had spiralled out of control and left him struggling in ‘a dark place’.
‘I consciously made an effort not to put myself in any sort of social situation without having a drink or drug, to an extent I wouldn’t even go into a shopping centre sober,’ he said.
And so Mitch – who boasts more than 220,000 Instagram followers – decided to turn his home into a rehab and vowed to beat his habits.
Mitch – who boasts more than 220,000 Instagram followers – revealed he had decided to turn his home into a rehab and vowed to beat his habits
But earlier this month Mitch said he ‘got what I needed’ from sobriety and is now choosing to drink again – but this time in moderation
The hipster urged his followers to seek help if they are struggling in a dark place
But despite his efforts to stay sober, the artist said he has decided to drink again.
‘Once you’ve experienced an altered state, it’s hard to come back from that,’ he said.
‘Strength for me is having a choice, not being controlled by any substance and true – I achieved that power through sobriety.’
‘My journey has led me deep into spirituality and this is something I still know little about, but what I’ve taken from this education is that only I should say what works for me.’
He also urged his followers to seek help if they are struggling in a dark place.
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