Country Star Brantley Gilbert Is Enjoying Sobriety And Family Life

By Lindsey Weedston 04/19/19

In a recent interview, Gilbert joked that he is "allergic" because it causes him to “break out into handcuffs.”

Brantley Gilbert

Country music star Brantley Gilbert talked sobriety and spending time with people who drink in a recent interview with Gilbert, like many musicians, found himself pulled into substance abuse as he gained fame and fought hard to reclaim control of his life after years of alcoholism and prescription drug abuse.

Today, the "Bottoms Up" singer is seven years sober. At this point in his sobriety, he is not only able to spend time around people while they drink, he says he enjoys it.

“It's just one of those things where I've decided it wasn't for me," he said. "It's just a thing that's just not a part of my life anymore. It's around everything I do, and my career is around it. I enjoy being in the environment, I enjoy being around people that drink.”

This includes his wife “when she’s not pregnant,” Gilbert says. He also joked that he’s “allergic” to alcohol, saying it causes him to “break out into handcuffs.”

The singer has joked about being arrested multiple times in the past. In an interview with Taste of Country, he responded to a question about Spring Break by saying that his police record in Panama City says he’s been there, “but I don't recall it.”

“My arrest report says I've been to Panama City a few times,” he said, laughing.

All jokes aside, Gilbert’s addiction disorder likely would have killed him if he hadn’t gotten the support and treatment he needed.

In an interview with People last year, he revealed that in 2011 his doctors told him that if he didn’t stop drinking, he would be dead within a year. Even then, he didn’t take recovery very seriously.

“I still put it off and was trying to slow down on my own, like, ‘Alright I’m only gonna let myself take two pills today. I’m only gonna drink this much of my bottle and make a mark on the bottle.’ And it would work a couple days—and then somebody throws a party.”

Thankfully, fellow country music singer Keith Urban gave Gilbert an unexpected boost of inspiration when he needed it, explaining that creativity could still thrive without alcohol. Now Gilbert is enjoying his growing family with his wife, one-year-old son, and their yet-unborn baby girl. His only worry: one day having to explain his addiction disorder to his children.

"It's one thing now for me and my career," he said. "It's another thing when these little ones get old enough to hear stories. They're gonna know I'm not a superhero like most kids do. We'll cross those bridges when we get to them."

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at Twitter: