Travis Barker opened up about drug addiction in a new interview about the recent death of Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland. “I think it’s just ultimately what drugs do when they get the best of somebody,” the Blink-182 drummer told Billboard.
“Whatever you’re masking when you’re doing drugs gets more severe the more you mask it,” Barker continued. “Every day you’re doing it more and more and you’re never facing what you’re running from — whatever that is.”
Barker, who narrowly survived a plane crash in 2008, said that the accident and subsequent rehab was the only thing that made him finally get clean. “I was addicted to drugs for a long time and the only way I was able to stop doing drugs was being in a plane crash and having morphine for four months when I didn’t want it,” he said. “That’s what it took for me to get sober.”
He went on to explain that he had first met Weiland via the rock supergroup Camp Freddy. “He’s great. Oh my gosh, his contributions to music were amazing,” he recalled. “I saw video of him recently. He sounded great, and he looked fine, but you never know what demons anyone is fighting.”
Read the full interview at Billboard.