After skyrocketing to stardom with the Go-Go’s in the early-’80s, Belinda Carlisle’s life began spiraling out of control. In a recent interview with New Idea magazine, Carlisle said, “I can’t believe I’m not dead” after years of drug and alcohol abuse.
The singer even hid her alcohol and cocaine addiction from her husband, Morgan Mason, after getting married in 1986. Belinda revealed she decided to get clean after having a vision of herself dead in a hotel room from a cocaine overdose. “You have to hit some sort of rock bottom – mine was a spiritual one. I was telling so many secrets and lies all the time,” said Carlisle.
Belinda has been sober since 2005, which she credits to attending 12-step recovery meetings as part of her treatment. Her career is still going strong. Some recent highlights include the Broadway musical Head Over Heels in 2018, the well-received 2020 documentary about the Go-Go’s, and the band’s 2021 nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees will be announced in May.
Living in Thailand since 2017, Belinda Carlisle is now looking forward to performing again. The 62-year-old is scheduled to return to the stage later this year for her “Decades” solo tour.