Rocker Deryck Whibley is overcoming his booze battle with the help of reformed hellraisers Iggy Pop and Tommy Lee. In May (14), the Sum 41 star revealed he had been hospitalised in an intensive care unit after his kidneys and liver collapsed following years of hard boozing.
He has now quit drinking and is determined to keep on a straight path, and he has revealed several fellow stars who have battled booze demons are helping him adjust to a life of sobriety.
Whibley tells Kerrang! magazine, "Now I'm sober, I don't get calls from certain people that I used to... the drinking friends. Now I'm the bum-out to them. Who wants to invite the sober guy to the party?
"Y'know who has been incredibly supportive? Iggy Pop. He had a lot of great advice; he's been through it all. We've been friends for years. Same for Tommy Lee from Motley Crue. He told me what to expect from people, that not everyone will understand. Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum from Guns N' Roses have been great too. We go out for coffee and talk about s**t."
Rocker Deryck Whibley has finally been granted permission to remove his ex-wife Avril Lavigne's last name from his official documents five years after their split. The Sum 41 star changed his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley after the pair married in 2006. They went on to split in 2009, and divorce a year later (10), but the musician only filed a petition to legally remove her name in 2013.
A Los Angeles judge granted the request in court on Thursday (12Jun14), according to TMZ.com.
Lavigne wed Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger last year (13), while Whibley is currently engaged to Ariana Cooper.
The name change comes as Whibley is recovering from a near-fatal health scare earlier this year (14), when his liver and kidneys collapsed after years of heavy drinking.
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley has returned home after spending more than a month in hospital. The rocker stunned fans recently when he went public with his health battle, revealing he almost died after his liver and kidneys collapsed following years of alcohol abuse.
He further shocked devotees when he was photographed looking extremely frail as he took a walk around a Los Angeles neighbourhood, assisted by his fiancee Jocelyn Aguilar and a friend.
Now Whibley has reached out to fans once again to express his gratitude for the outpouring of support following his health crisis.
The 34 year old, who was briefly married to Avril Lavigne, shared a new photo of himself back at home on his official website, alongside the message: "hey everyone, i just wanted to thank you all so much for sending gifts and all of the compassion and support you have shown me. it really means a lot to me in this time of recovery.
"I will be better soon and back out on stage before you know it."
Sum 41's former guitar technician has detailed the frightening extent of frontman Deryck Whibley's alcohol abuse and health troubles on the road following the singer's recent hospitalisation. The star has spent a month under the care of doctors after his liver and kidneys collapsed due to years of excessive drinking, and now his former road crew colleague Brian Keith Diaz has opened up about the hard partying he experienced while on tour with the rockers.
Diaz, who toured with the band for 18 months from 2010, reveals Whibley was a "functioning alcoholic" and life on the road was a "blur of Jack Daniel's and vodka, s**tty European cocaine, and non-stop partying".
He also claims the frontman struggled with escalating health problems due to his drinking.
In a post on his blog, Diaz writes, "He tried going sober at the beginning of a Japanese tour and passed out on stage in Sapporo (in Japan) several songs into the set. An Australian tour was cut short when he contracted pneumonia, no doubt exacerbated by his excessive drinking. Even a day or two after being in a hospital in Sydney, he was at the airport sipping wine at 9am as if nothing had happened. This was the first time I was really upset and concerned for my friend's health. Before that I was along for the ride and part of the circus."
Diaz reveals Whibley called him days before going public with his current health crisis, and admits crying when he heard his friend had come so close to losing his life.
He adds, "Two days before Deryck went public with the horrifying story of what happened to him he called me out of the blue. I hadn't heard from him in a year, and the last time I had seen him in person he said he was cutting back on his drinking... I was in horrible shock hearing what had just happened to him... I got off the phone and cried. I was imagining my friend Deryck completely hitting rock bottom alone and it scared the s**t out of me."
Punk pop star Avril Lavigne has reached out to her ex-husband Deryck Whibley to offer her support after he went public with news of a recent hospital stay to treat years of alcohol abuse. The Sum 41 rocker shocked fans on Friday (16May14) by revealing his liver and kidneys had collapsed following years of heavy drinking.
Lavigne has since pledged her support for Whibley via Twitter.com. Taking to the website on Saturday (17May14), she wrote, "Spoke to @Sum41 Deryck today. I am so proud of him. He is family to me and always will be. #StayStrongDeryck." Whibley, who has been warned that one more taste of alcohol could kill him, was photographed for the first time since his big reveal on Monday (19May14).
He looked extremely frail and thin as he was helped to walk around a Los Angeles neighbourhood by his fiancee Jocelyn Aguilar and a friend. Lavigne was married to Whibley for four years before their divorce in 2010. She is now wed to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger after tying the knot last year (13).
Ailing rocker Deryck Whibley has been seen in public for the first time since his shocking revelation that years of alcohol abuse left him close to death. The Sum 41 frontman was seen looking extremely frail and thin as he was helped to walk around a Los Angeles neighbourhood by his fiancee Jocelyn Aguilar and another woman on Monday (19May14).
The appearance comes days after Whibley took to his website to tell fans he has been seriously ill after heavy drinking resulted in his liver and kidneys collapsing.
Whibley has spent a month in hospital fighting for his life, but it is not known whether he remains under doctors' care or has been discharged.
He previously wrote on his health battle, "If I have one drink the doc's (sic) say I will die. I'm not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. I didn't, and look where that got me."
Sum 41 star Deryck Whibley was hospitalised for more than a month after years of hard-boozing left him close to death. Taking to his official website on Friday (16May14), the rocker uploaded a series of shocking snaps of him in a hospital bed, with others showing cuts and bruises up his arms, seemingly from where doctors had put him on a drip and taken blood.
In a heartfelt message to fans, he reveals he has been under medics' care for several weeks after his body finally succumbed to years of alcoholism, resulting in his liver and kidneys collapsing.
He writes, "I've been very sick in the hospital for a month and was pretty sick for a few weeks leading up to my trip to the hospital. the reason i got so sick is from all the hard boozing i've been doing over the years. it finally caught up to me. i was drinking hard every day. until one night. i was sitting at home, poured myself another drink around mid night and was about to watch a movie when all of a sudden i didn't feel so good. i then collapsed to the ground unconscious.
"My fiance (sic) got me rushed to the hospital where they put me into the intensive care unit. i was stuck with needles and i.v.'s (drips) all over. i was completely sedated the FIRST WEEK. when i finally woke up the next day i had no idea where i was. my mum and step dad were standing over me. i was so freaked out. my liver and kidney's (sic) collapsed on me. needless to say it scared me straight. i finally realized i can't drink anymore."
The star has since been warned he could die if he has just one more alcoholic drink.
He adds, "If i have one drink the doc's say i will die. i'm not preaching or anything but just always drink responsibly. i didn't, and look where that got me."
The 34 year old was previously married to Avril Lavigne. They divorced in 2010. The identity of Whibley's current fiancee is not known.
C.M. Wiggins/WENNOne of the few artists to transcend the punk pop scene of the early '00s, Avril Lavigne has gone from sk8er girl to reflective singer-songwriter to peppy cheerleader and back again during an impressively enduring eleven-year career. In the week she releases her self-titled fifth studio effort, here's a countdown of her albums from worst to best.5. Under My SkinLargely produced by Don Walker (Linkin Park), the nu-metal tinged Under My Skin was an attempt to establish Lavigne's serious artiste credentials. But while "Nobody's Home" remains arguably her greatest single, it suffered from both a whiney self-obsessive streak and a distinct lack of any humor.4. Goodbye LullabyAn album of two halves, Goodbye Lullaby began as a fairly pedestrian glossy rock affair before settling down into a far more interesting and introspective collection of songs inspired by and co-written with ex-husband Deryck Whibley.3. Avril LavigneAn entirely regressive but still consistently enjoyable listen, Lavigne's new record sees the Canadian unapologetically trying to cling onto her youth with a series of faux-rebellious anthems which suggest she's got a major case of Peter Pan syndrome.2. The Best Damn ThingPerhaps learning from the mistakes of her previous effort, Lavigne hooked up with hitmaker Dr. Luke and embraced the world of bubblegum pop on a record crammed full of 'guilty pleasures,' most notably the lead single, "Girlfriend," which sounds uncannily like the Rubinoos' power pop classic "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."1. Let GoAbly assisted by production factory The Matrix, 2002's Let Go was a highly accomplished debut which combined melodic Alanis Morissette-esque rock and bratty punk-pop with relatable lyrics which perfectly encapsulated those angst-ridden teenage years.
Deryck Whibley is on a mission to recoup his birth name - the singer took ex-wife Avril Lavigne's name when they wed in 2006 and now he wants rid of it. The Sum 41 frontman decided to legally change his name to Deryck Jason Lavigne Whibley when he tied the knot with the pop singer, but now, three years after their divorce, Whibley is finally getting around to changing his name.
He recently filed a petition in a Los Angeles County Court to drop 'Lavigne' and go back to his birth name, according to TMZ.com.
Meanwhile, Lavigne has moved past their broken marriage at a quicker pace - she exchanged vows with Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger in July (13).
WENNHaving previously worked with her ex, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley, on the likes of "The Best Damn Thing" and "Goodbye Lullaby," Avril Lavigne has also continued to mix business with pleasure on her upcoming self-titled fifth album by hooking up with her new hubby, Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, for the majority of its 13 tracks. The tiresome and faux-rebellious brat-pop of its first two singles suggests she'd have been better off leaving him at home. But not every husband-and-wife musical partnership is as derivative as the Lavigne-Kroegers. Here's a look at five of the best.Johnny & June Carter CashResponsible for country music's greatest love story, Johnny Cash toured with The Carter Family in the early 60s before hooking up with one of their singers, both romantically and professionally, as famously depicted in the Oscar winning Walk The Line.Sonny & CherAfter meeting as backing singers for Phil Spector, Sonny & Cher then became the golden couple of the 60s with a string of iconic pop hits ("I Got You Babe," "The Beat Goes On") before embarking on an equally successful TV career.Ike & Tina TurnerTheir actual marriage may have been plagued by troubles, most notably domestic violence and Ike's drug addiction, but the tempestuous couple undeniably defined the soul-rock scene of the '60s/'70s with the likes of the Grammy-winning "Proud Mary" and the legendary "River Deep Mountain High."The White StripesInitially claiming that they were siblings in an effort to keep the focus on their music, proof emerged in 2001 that Jack and Meg White had in fact recently divorced after a four-year marriage. For many, their 1999 self-titled debut is The White Stripes at their primitive best.TennisAlaina Moore and Patrick Riley might not have the same high-profile yet as the four names above but their gorgeously jangly blend of indie-rock and surf-pop has produced two of the finest husband-and-wife albums of the 21st Century.