July 20, 2022 – “It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I had a problem with drinking because I was one of those drinkers where [it was all or nothing],” Welch told Bergdorf, 34. “If I enjoy my drinking, I can’t control it and if I control my drinking, I don’t enjoy it. That was a real wake-up call for me.”

“During the Lungs era it was fine to be a chaotic mess, ‘cause that’s what that was,” said the musician of Florence and the Machine’s multiplatinum 2009 debut album, which featured singles including “Dog Days Are Over” and “Cosmic Love.” Around the release of the band’s 2012 sophomore album Ceremonials, which topped the UK albums chart, earned two Grammy nominations and spawned the global hit single “Shake It Out,” Welch said her drinking problem came to a head.

She continued, “When things got bigger in Ceremonials, and I was a ‘big artist,’ I was like, ‘This has to be contained. This can’t leak out into the public sphere.’”


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