10 Popular Country Stars Who Hit Rock Bottom
The music industry can be a tough place to build a career, especially when success fades as quickly as it comes. It’s an extremely competitive field that is riddled with many temptations, and the country music industry is no different. It’s easy for artists to lose their way on the road to success. Many are able to walk a straight line, but there’s a few who’ve experienced rock bottom at one point in their career. Here’s a look at 10 popular country stars who’ve battled addiction:
10. Joe Nichols
He’s one of the biggest country singers with so many great hits like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Sunny and 75,” and “Yeah.” It’s hard to believe at one point in time he was addicted to amphetamines and alcohol. His addiction took a dark turn in 2002 when his father passed away, but he had been drinking since he was 13 as a way to cope with his abusive childhood. On the road to sobriety he did five stints in rehab, the last one being only 30 days into his marriage with Heather Singleton. He’s now sober and recently released his ninth studio album.
9. Jeff Bates
Jeff Bates has been very open and honest about his addiction to methamphetamines. He had been abusing the drug since 1999, soon after he signed a contract with Warner-Chappell Publishing. To feed his drug habit, he sold his belongings and then resorted to stealing in order to get by. On March 14, 2001 he was arrested for drug possession and grand theft. “There were bad things, including divorces, that had gone on in my life. With that kind of shame, I wanted to do things right, wanted to be a good person, but it’s hard to hold your head up at times and I wanted something that would make me feel better. I used drugs and drank a lot,” he said. After going to rehab and spending some time in jail, he found himself a new record contract.