Travis Barker described Death’s deception as his “rehab”.
The Blink-182 drummer – who survived a 2008 plane crash in which his assistant Chris Baker, security guard Charles Still and two pilots died – explained how the incident inspired him to experience a healthier life and to stop taking pain relievers.
He told Men’s Health magazine: “People always think, ‘Did you go to rehab?’ And me [say], “No, I was in a plane crash.” It was my rehab.
“Lose three of your friends and almost die?” It was my wake-up call. If I hadn’t been in an accident, I probably would never have quit.
The 45-year-old star – who is dating Kourtney Kardashian – hasn’t been on a plane since the crash, and instead travels by bus, car and boat.
However, he wants to overcome his fear one day, so he can come home to tell his children Landon Asher, 17 and 15, Alabama Luella – that he has ex-wife Shanna Moakler – that he managed to do. he.
He added: “If I do and the above angels help me in my travels and protect me, I would like to come back and [tell my children], ‘Hey, I just flew in here, then I went home. And all was well.
“I have to tell them, because I almost left them. It’s a perfect day.”
Travis explained how time and therapy helped him heal more than a decade after the incident, and he is now able to wake up for a few days without thinking about the accident.
He said, “The closer I got to that, I felt like I was closer to bad things than good things.
“I felt closer to the experience of trying to escape, [to] being in an accident and being burned, trying to take my friends on a burning plane.
“It haunted me for a long time… And as long as I was closer to it than to the good stuff, I was still thinking about it. Now it’s been so many years, it’s getting easier for me. have days when I will wake up without thinking about it. “