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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis On Drug Speculation

06/01/2016
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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis' recent hospitalization has sparked speculation that he may have had a drug relapse but the singer assures fans that was not the case.

Kiedis tells Australian TV show Sunday Night (via Canoe.com), "I felt more care than anything else. I got a lot of messages in the mail; it just seemed like people did care. My friends called, people I hadn't spoken to for years called, but what people assume or think about using (drugs), I could care less. It didn't faze me at all."

He went on to say: "I happen to love being sober, I also loved being wasted at times. Being sober for me is a pleasure, I get a lot of joy out of it; it works for me. I get to surf, I get to hang out with my son, I get to play music, I get to be OK."

Kiedis also recounted the illness that caused him to be hospitalized "This was knocking me off my feet, and I was white as a ghost, and my whole gut section just seized up, and I was kind of falling to my knees in pain, so I got taken by a friend to the hospital from the gig."

He also saw a silver lining in the incident, "Maybe there was a reason for me to get sick, so I can get stronger than I was before."

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