Eddie Van Halen has had a very public battle with alcohol and cigarettes and he’s saying his father’s behavior may have been the cause. He’s also been dealing with cancer due to smoking and has had pieces of his tongue removed because of it.
Van Halen tells Esquire magazine that his father started his bad habit of smoking and drinking to deal with stage fright. “I don’t mean to blame my dad,” he says. “But when I started playing in front of people, I’d get so damn nervous. I
asked him, ‘Dad, how do you do it?’ That’s when he handed me the
cigarette and the drink. And I go, Oh, this is good! It works!”
He also says that after rehab didn’t help him stop drinking, he tried the drug Klonopin. He says he was “catatonic” for a year. “All I wanted to do was stop
drinking. But instead I literally could not communicate. Yeah, I was
gone. I don’t know what dimension I went to, but I was not here.” He sat
on the couch and watched episodes of “Law & Order.”
He’s now sober and smoking electronic cigarettes. Do you think it’s fair or not for him to say his dad is the cause of his issues? Let us know what you think.