Florence + The Machine singer Florence Welch has spoken out about her battle with alcoholism and depression during the making of her upcoming third album. Speaking with the Sunday Times, Welch said that during a year-long break from music, she went through a “chaotic” and “unhappy” period following the end of a relationship.
Welch revealed, ““(Drinking) wasn’t coming from a place of fun and joy. It was coming from a place of wanting to cover and hide . . . I was so sad. And I’ve never been that interested in having a glass of wine, I’ll have a shot of tequila, it’s always been about the end result.”
Welch admitted to seeing a therapist for her depression, saying, “She’s so rational, it’s good for me, because I see everything in extremes. She’s like, ‘Maybe it’s about coming to a more moderate place?’”
The singer said that she’s been sober for a year, adding that she got rid of many of the clothes she collected over the course of her career as well. She explained, “As I got more famous, a reaction to that was the eyebrows went bleached, the hair got redder. I wanted to become this fantasy creature. It was good because it kind of protected me. But I’ve spent a year or two unraveling all that stuff.”
The new Florence + The Machine album,
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, is set to arrive on June 2nd. The first single, “What Kind Of Man,” is a Top 15 track at Modern Rock radio.
The set follows up 2011’s Ceremonials, which included the modern rock hits “What The Water Gave Me” and “Shake It Out.”