Video: Go-Go's Singer on Getting Sober Later in Life

By May Wilkerson 04/25/12

Booze and drugs were all she ever wanted, but Belinda Carlisle had to get away.

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Belinda Carlisle, lead singer of The Go-Go's, gave up alcohol and drugs at the age of 47, and has been clean for seven years. "I did it one way for thirty-something years, so it was time to try something different. It wasn't working anymore," she tells Hollywood Access Live. Carlisle describes being "struck sober" after realizing she was "sick of itnot just the drugs and the alcohol, but the behavior that goes along with it." The singer chronicles her decades of addiction in her memoir Lips Unsealed, and hopes her story will inspire other addicts who get sober later in life: "You can teach an old dog new tricks, basically," she says. The Go-Go's rose to fame in the '80s and were the first all-female rock band who wrote their own music to top Billboard charts. They've sold more than seven million albums, and still perform a few times a year. But "we don't party like crazy anymore," says Carlisle.

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