Conrad Sewell has spoken about his battle with addiction that came with his rise to fame.
The Australian singer, 31, shot to stardom in 2014 when he partnered up with Norwegian DJ Kygo for his viral hit Firestone, which has 663 million YouTube views.
Speaking to A Current Affair, Conrad revealed he spiralled into the depths of drugs and alcohol, which became a part of his rockstar lifestyle while touring the world.
Changed man: Australian singer Conrad Sewell, 31, has opened up about how he overcame his addiction to drugs and alcohol that came with his rockstar lifestyle. He is pictured with his sister Grace (left) and producer Quincy Jones (right)
‘I finally had the world at my feet and the opportunity to play at Madison Square Garden and I’m getting completely hammered the night before,’ he said.
‘Going all through the night, an hour before, passed out in the shower and then having to get showered off.’
Conrad said he used drugs and alcohol to replicate the ‘high’ he felt while performing on stage.
‘I was drinking and doing drugs because that would get me back to feeling like a rockstar again,’ Conrad said of the reasoning behind using substances
‘I was drinking and doing drugs because that would get me back to feeling like a rockstar again,’ he said.
The breaking point came when Conrad was hospitalised with heart troubles on his manager’s birthday – with his manager crying in the corner.
He called his mother who warned him that he could lose everything he worked so hard for.
Breaking point: Conrad was hospitalised with heart troubles on his manager’s birthday – with his manager crying in the corner. He called his mother who warned him he could lose it all
‘An addiction is a very selfish disease that takes hold of you and it ruins everything in your life,’ Conrad said.
The singer said the decision to come clean ultimately came from within when he realised he was not just hurting himself – but his loved ones as well.
Conrad now works with Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) to help young people at risk through the power of music.
He tells his story of addiction to warn young people going through similar experiences.
Conrad went from a struggling musician who slept on friends’ couches to an international sensation when he caught the eye of DJ Kygo.
Their track Firestone garnered a million hits in its first day and four days later, the DJ flew Conrad to Norway to play a festival of 5,000 fans who already knew the lyrics.
Giving back! Conrad (left) now works with Musicians Making a Difference (MMAD) to help young people at risk through the power of music