Slaves’ Jonny Craig Speaks Out: “I Have A Problem: I Am An Addict”
In light of the news that US post-hardcore crew Slaves have called it quits, frontman and master of infamy Jonny Craig has penned something of an open letter to fans explaining what led to the split and how he plans to pursue his solo career in the coming months.
“As most of you are aware…I have a problem: I am an addict. I have entered rehab twice. I have sought help multiple times. It just keeps happening,” Craig details, opening up about some of the darker aspects of his personal life. “I want you, the fans, to know that I’m doing my best to get through these current tours. I will try my best to stay clean and finish these.”
Regardless of your thoughts on the singer (he’s rubbed more than a few people the wrong way over the years), it takes a lot of gall to own up to your mistakes, let alone in a public forum. We wish him well with his recovery and look forward to seeing what comes of his solo project.
Read Craig’s open letter below:
To all my faithful fans,
It’s time I set the record straight. Please know this is me talking: not a publicist, not a manger, it’s just me. For years I have fought hard to escape my past and everything that comes with it. I have continually gotten clean, and then fallen right back into the same ruts. As most of you are aware…I have a problem: I am an addict. I have entered rehab twice. I have sought help multiple times. It just keeps happening. My choices and my struggles have cost me many things: relationships, loved ones, friends, bands, and much more. For letting any of you down, I’m truly sorry.
This is an open letter to everyone to let you know I’m struggling. No excuses. I want you, the fans, to know that I’m doing my best to get through these current tours. I will try my best to stay clean and finish these. To help get me back on track I am going back on the medicine I was on for 4 years that helped me stay clean. After the U.S. solo tour and the European Slaves dates (with select members), I am going to take some time and get the help I really need. I am also going to take money from the solo tour to put towards the help I need. I know it’s not optimal for my health to be out on the road, but I really want to finish these tours for you guys.
I am going to be working on new solo material with Kyle Lucas. Colin Vieira and I will eventually continue on as Slaves, and there will be more good news to come.
Thank you for staying with me all of these years. You guys are what keep me going.