Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has posted an apologetic update from rehab as he faces possible jail time for a high-range drink-driving offence.
The troubled rock star checked into rehab last month to address drinking and mental health issues after he had been pulled over on the Pacific Highway at North Arm Cove near Newcastle, NSW on March 23 and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of more than three times the legal limit.
Police said Johns had crossed into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a van.
His lawyer Bryan Wrench entered a guilty plea on Johns’ behalf at Raymond Terrace Local Court on April 11, where the magistrate warned the singer could face jail time.
Johns is due to face court for sentencing on June 22.
Troubled rock star Daniel Johns checked into rehab last month to address drinking and mental health issues after he had been pulled over and recorded a blood-alcohol reading of more than three times the legal limit
In a phone call transcribed from rehab and posted to his Instagram account, Johns addressed his relationship with alcohol and also offered an apology
In a phone call transcribed from rehab and posted to his Instagram account, Johns addressed his relationship with alcohol and also offered an apology.
‘My drinking had become a bigger problem than I even realised, and how I have used it to help numb a range of deeper psychological issues that I’ve been living with since childhood,’ he said.
‘Some of these issues you know, and a lot cut much deeper.
Alcohol is not medicine. I should never have treated it like it was. I feel like a complete f**k-up and I’m sorry.
“I take full responsibility for my actions on the evening of March 23rd, I am deeply remorseful and I am working every day to make amends. I am handling these matters professionally and privately.
‘For legal reasons, I am unable to talk specifics on social media or elsewhere until after June 22nd.’
‘My drinking had become a bigger problem than I even realised, and how I have used it to help numb a range of deeper psychological issues that I’ve been living with since childhood,’ Johns posted from a three-month stint in rehab following the drink-driving incident
Johns’ lawyer Bryan Wrench was warned his client could face a jail sentence as a result of his drink-driving
Shortly after the accident in March the 42-year-old posted that he had been suffering from ‘panic attacks’ and the accident occurred after becoming ‘lost’ on the road.
‘As you know, my mental health is a work in progress. I have good days and bad days but it’s something I always have to manage,’ he said.
‘Over the last week I began to experience panic attacks. Last night I got lost while driving and I was in an accident. I am OK, everyone is OK.
‘Alongside my therapy, I’ve been self-medicating with alcohol to deal with my anxiety and depression. I know this is no sustainable or healthy.
‘I have to step back now as I’m self-admitting to a rehabilitation centre and I don’t know how long I’ll be there. Appreciate your love and support as always.’
The road crash came just weeks after Daniel slammed his Silverchair ‘colleagues’ for allegedly not supporting him when he was gravely ill in 2002.
The singer and guitarist revealed in a Facebook post in March that he’d been diagnosed with reactive arthritis, an inflammation of the joints that left him in crippling pain, when the band was launching their fourth album Diorama.
Johns, who also was being treated for anxiety and anorexia at the time, claimed he did not receive the help he needed, and felt his band was ‘more of a business than family’.
‘I felt personally responsible for people in our crew who couldn’t work because of my illness,’ he wrote.
‘While I was undergoing exhaustive treatment both here and abroad, I learned very quickly who loved me as a human being and who needed me a performer.
‘I really needed a friend back then, instead I had disgruntled colleagues. When my phone did ring it was usually someone asking if I was ready to tour again.’
Johns pictured with his ex-wife Natalie Imbruglia – the couple were together between 2003 and 2008
Johns has expressed frustration with his days in Silverchair, describing it as ‘more a business than a family’. Pictured with Silverchair band-mates Chris Joannou (left) and Ben Gillies (right)
Johns, who was married to Natalie Imbruglia from 2003 to 2008, previously revealed why he decided to distance himself from the band that catapulted him to fame.
In October last year, he confirmed the group would never reform with him as frontman because he’d struggled for years with the dark side of fame.
Johns – who was just 15 when Silverchair’s first single was released – said on his Spotify podcast Who Is Daniel Johns? he had even thrown out all of his memorabilia, awards and mementos.
‘It’s not that I am not proud of it, but for some reason I don’t want it around,’ he said.
He bluntly added: ‘I wouldn’t even get Silverchair back together for a million dollars with a gun to my head.’
It wasn’t the only time Johns spoke out about his struggles with mental health and the limelight.
Johns discussed his crippling battle with anorexia and other mental health issues in the late ’90s, detailing his harrowing ordeal in a tell-all Spotify podcast
He recently discussed his crippling battle with anorexia in the late ’90s, detailing his harrowing ordeal on his tell-all Spotify podcast.
He told interviewer Kaitlyn Sawrey that he would go on three-hour walks to ‘lose weight’ at the height of his anorexia.
‘I used to wait until everyone went to bed and then I would take her for walks at 2am for like, three hours, because I was anorexic so I was trying to lose weight,’ Johns said.
Johns said he became a recluse in his late teenage years, only leaving his bedroom at night to exercise.
The musician is due to release his second solo album FutureNever next week, with Johns telling fans he try to promote the record while healing.
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