After a brush with death, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley is getting candid about his battle with substance abuse.
In May 2014, the singer shocked fans when he revealed he had spent over a month in intensive care after collapsing in his Los Angeles home and almost died five times over the course of his hospitalization. As a result of the ordeal, Whibley can never drink alcohol again.
“It was very hard to keep moving forward, because the progress was minimal, if any at all,” the 36-year-old tells ET Canada.
Now, two years later, Whibley is sober and back to making music, with Sum 41’s first album in five years, “13 Voices”, slated for release next month. The first single, “War”, is a song Whibley credits with helping him move forward.
“I wrote this song to sort of give myself something to believe in, to keep fighting and to keep pushing as hard as I could, harder than I ever have before,” he says of the single.
As for how he’s doing these days, Whibley says, “I can honestly say, I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt.”
Check out the video for “War” below.