Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill says in a new interview with English newspaper The Telegraph that he is not an alcoholic and has never been to rehab. It was summer 2011 when Caleb walked off a Dallas stage after telling an audience he was going to “drink a beer” and “vomit” and never returned. The rest of the tour was canceled and the other band members hinted at “internal sicknesses” that needed to be addressed, amid rumors that Caleb had headed straight into rehab to get help.
But now the singer/guitarist says, “I’ve never been to rehab. I just stopped. I enjoyed rediscovering what it’s like to be normal, and not play the role people expect. It opened my eyes to a lot of stuff. It doesn’t mean there aren’t gonna be times when we all want to cut loose and let our hair down. But I enjoy not drinking. Next time you see me, you’ll probably be saying, well, that didn’t last long.”
Caleb admits in the interview that he changes once he starts hitting the booze, explaining, “Once I start to drink you don’t want to be around me because there’s a level of brutal honesty, if not just pure meanness.”
He later adds, “In a way, I lash out at everyone else ’cause that’s when I start to point fingers at myself. I don’t know what I’m tormented by but it’s something. Maybe I’m just a drunk.”
Caleb also says that the band’s year-long break was just what he needed, revealing, “It was good to get away from everything. We (he and wife Lily Aldridge) could just walk around and go to nice restaurants. No one knew who I was, no one cared. I did stuff that I hadn’t done in forever. Read a lot of books. My head was so clear, I was stone sober.”
He also began writing music again, which led to the Kings regrouping and cutting their sixth album,Mechanical Bull.
The disc is due out September 24th and follows 2010’s Come Around Sundown.