Daniel Johns breaks silence following rehab stint – “Music [is] the only thing that pulled me through”

The musician has broken his silence on his nervous breakdown, struggles with self-medication and rehab stint.
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Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has announced an immersive art exhibition in Melbourne – the singer has been busy with a number of projects following the successful release of his solo-album FutureNever

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Daniel publicly announced on March 24 that he was involved in a car accident after becoming “lost” on the road, revealing that he had also been suffering panic attacks. 

“Alongside my therapy, I’ve been self-medicating with alcohol to deal with my anxiety and depression. I know this is not sustainable or healthy,” he wrote.

“I have to step back now as I’m self-admitting to a rehabilitation centre and I don’t know how long I’ll be there. Appreciate your love and support as always.”

In April, Daniel posted an update, telling fans, “my drinking had become a bigger problem than I even realised, and how I have used it to help numb a range of deeper psychological issues that I’ve been living with since childhood. Some of these issues you know, and a lot cut much deeper.”

“Alcohol is not medicine. I should never have treated it like it was. I feel like a complete f**k up and I’m sorry.”

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Daniel Johns was interviewed by Megan Holiday in the docuseries. (Credit: Havas Group/BMG)

This week, Daniel has broken his silence on his nervous breakdown, struggles with self-medication and rehab stint in episode one of Inside the Mind of Daniel Johns.

“I haven’t been there at all to promote FutureNever” the musician announced, “so for it to become the chart success it has is testament to the people who have been supporting me and I’m eternally grateful for the love.”

“For probably the first time in my life, I’ve sacrificed the art for both my physical and mental health. I had a nervous breakdown, I really f*cked up — I’ve been processing pain and guilt.”

“I’m going on the record now to talk about the dark but also the light. This is a healing journey, but I also need to talk about the music because it’s the only thing that pulled me through.”

The musician has also spoken candidly about his recent personal battles in the first episode of Inside the Mind of Daniel Johns, a three-part docuseries that premiered on Monday night.

Daniel released FutureNever in April and the album was met with immediate success, becoming the longest reigning Australian album in the ARIA Top 20 in 2022, however, its success was shadowed by personal struggles. 

The album, which was his first solo record in seven years was released the same day Daniel left rehab. 

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Daniel has a number of projects related to his new album FutureNever. (Credit: Havas Group/BMG)
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The exhibition will include Silverchair memorabilia. (Credit: Havas Group/BMG)

In a sneak peek of the docuseries, Daniel also revealed that he had approached Silverchair bandmates Ben Gillies and Chris Joannou to play on his album, but they both declined.

“I asked them not out of necessity, I asked them because I wanted to make it clear that I don’t have an issue with them as people – I just didn’t want to play under the banner of Silverchair” Daniel explained. 

“Once I’d established myself as an artist outside of Silverchair.  I asked them to come again and then when they didn’t want to, I didn’t care.”

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The musician also revealed he had reached out to Silverchair bandmates when making his new solo album. (Credit: Havas Group/BMG)

Alongside the docuseries, Daniel has also released What if the Future Never Happened a semi-autobiographical featurette as well as a Melbourne-based art exhibition Past, Present & FutureNever which will run from August 26 to October 9.

$5 from every ticket to the exhibition will be donated to FutureNeverFund – Daniel’s newly created charitable fund that focuses on mental health, racial inequality, diversity in the arts and animal welfare. 

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