Gabriel Iglesias Back On Tour After Quitting Drinking, Addressing Depression

Gabriel Iglesias Back On Tour After Quitting Drinking, Addressing Depression

By Victoria Kim 01/17/18

"I miss having a drink and having fun with my friends and being social. I don’t miss that part the next morning when people are trying to wake you up and are worried if you’re okay.”

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Comedian Gabriel Iglesias is back on the big stage after experiencing a nervous breakdown last year. In a new interview with Billboard, Iglesias described how he has re-calibrated his priorities since—he’s made some major changes, including quitting booze and seeing a therapist. 

After a brief hiatus, the comedian kicked off his One Show Fits All World Tour this past weekend in Las Vegas.

The famously funny San Diego native canceled the remainder of his national tour last March, explaining in a message on Instagram that he had “serious health and emotional issues that needed attention ASAP.”

According to Billboard, Iglesias was talking about his 20-year-old son Frankie during a show in Dallas, when it hit him that “my son is no longer a kid.” He walked off stage and “just buckled,” he said.

He’s since apologized to Frankie for missing out on his childhood, and was forgiven. “I felt down and was like, ‘Oh my god, what am I doing with myself?’ Yeah there’s cars, yeah there’s money, but am I still happy?” he said. “I got a kid at home who has everything, but didn’t have me around as much as he could’ve had.” 

Four months before canceling his tour, in November 2016, Iglesias had quit drinking, which he realized had become problematic. “I wasn’t drinking to be social,” he told Billboard. “I would drink because I just wanted to go to sleep. I was stressing out so bad and the drinking was magnifying the problem. I was just getting sloppy, making poor decisions. I wasn’t being the best person at home, and I wasn’t being the best entertainer out on the road.” He is now 14 months sober.

Iglesias didn’t sugarcoat his decision to stop drinking. “It sucks, because I enjoyed it, that little buzz feeling,” he continued. “I’m not gonna be like, ‘Sobriety is fantastic, it’s the best thing ever.’ No man, I miss having a drink. But I miss having a drink and having fun with my friends and being social. I don’t miss that part the next morning when people are trying to wake you up and are worried if you’re okay.”

The combination of alcohol and non-stop performing wasn’t great for his mental health, Iglesias admitted. His breakdown made him realize that he had some issues to sort out before he could return to the spotlight. “I was burned out… twenty years of the same thing with no breaks,” he told Billboard. “I’ve never even taken a vacation. I wasn’t being creative anymore. It was becoming work. And I wasn’t spending enough time at home and that was taking its toll as well.”

He began seeing a therapist to work through his issues, and went to a few 12-step meetings. “People think as comics, we’re always in a good mood, but we’re messed up people,” he said.

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