Brantley Gilbert opens up about his past battle with substance abuse

Brantley Gilbert opens up about his past battle with substance abuse

The Weekend singer, Brantley Gilbert is opening up about his previous battle with substance abuse. After he landed a few hits on the charts he found himself in rehab in 2011 and was about to throw in the towel and check himself out when a meeting with fellow artist and recovering addict Keith Urban gave him a change of heart.

Brantley told The Tennessean that at first he was resistant to the meeting, thinking, “You don’t know me, man.” But he said that Keith helped him realize his fears. Brantley said, “I told him, I don’t think I can do my job. I don’t know if I can ever play a song at my shows without being (messed) up. Or writing, I was worried my songs wouldn’t be the same, that I wouldn’t be on everyone else’s level. It’s a drinking environment.” Keith told him that in his experience of being sober, it made him a better performer, writer and all-around man. Brantley said of Keith’s advice, “If it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’d be sober or be in this business anymore. I’d probably be dead.”