Elton John celebrated reaching his personal achievement of 29 years of sobriety on Monday.
The acclaimed performer shared his inspiring feat on Instagram along with a pic of his Alcoholics Anonymous commemorative coin recognizing his accomplishment. John captioned the photo with a nod to the aid he received towards achieving this goal.
“Twenty-nine years ago today, I was a broken man,” he wrote. “I finally summoned up the courage to say three words that would change my life: ‘I need help’. Thank you to all the selfless people who have helped me on my journey through sobriety. I am eternally grateful,” the singer wrote. See his full post below:
Back in May, the GRAMMY award-winning musician opened up about his struggle with addiction. He noted experiencing an overdose just days prior to his iconic 1975 performance at the Dodger Stadium.
Speaking to ET during the Cannes Film Festival he recalled, “Two days before Dodger Stadium, I was having my stomach pumped. I took an overdose and there I was, two days later, at Dodger Stadium with Cary Grant and Billie Jean King having the time of my life.”
“You can say that I’m resilient and that’s one thing. I’m resilient,” he added. “I wasn’t gonna pass by the opportunity of playing that great stadium for two days…It was [the] highlight of my career to play Dodger Stadium, [are] you kidding me! But I was not mentally well before that.”
The singer also cited Judy Garland as an example.
“Look at Judy Garland for example. She wasn’t well, but she came on and delivered,” he said. “You have to. That’s what you do [when] you’re a performer and that’s what saved my life — being a performer.”