We cannot give him enough credit for being able to maintain this kind of perspective and positive attitude after everything he went through.
It's only been a few weeks since Gavin DeGraw was brutally beaten by multiple assailants on the streets of New York City, but the singer is speaking out about the entire ordeal, and more than anything, seems to be ready to move forward with his life, and re-join Maroon 5 and Train on tour August 24th!
"It's definitely a combination of excitement and nerves, because my breathing isn't exactly the same. I'm feeling out my breathing through my nose trying to see if the swelling's going down. The sensation is mildly different, so that makes me fearful about singing. When I first saw my face, it looked like evil me. I had some fractures in my cheekbone and eye and nose. Everything was completely swollen. [Now] I have a little mark on my nose from stitches. If you saw me right now, you'd think I'd cut myself shaving on my nose. It literally looks like there's almost nothing visibly wrong anymore. My brain definitely got sloshed around in my skull during that walk home [afterwards]. I still get dizzy – particularly if I stand up from sitting down. I had a night off, and I met up with some friends at the bar I own with my brother. We had a few drinks. I put my friends in a cab and I walked home because I live pretty close. I remember maybe three guys said something to me and I didn't appreciate it, and I guess I let them know I didn't appreciate it. They weren't exactly on the debate team, so I ended up with a tube down my throat. I just literally remember an exchange of words that lasted a second and then being very bloody. I can't say I was drunk. I know I had a few drinks with friends. There are many and much worse crimes happening than me getting beat up. I don't think that it's necessarily even fair that I got the attention I did. I'm not living in fear. It was a terrible night for me, but fortunately I got through it. I still look like my mother and onward and upward."
Wow. Such a trooper, right?!
And just because there are worse crimes going on in the world doesn't mean that what happened to you isn't any less awful, nor does it mean that those responsible shouldn't be brought to justice!
But we also think it says quite a bit about his character that he doesn't want to let himself become a victim either, and just wants to get back to doing what he loves!
Rest up the next few days, buddy!
P.S. Gavin is performing at our "One Night In… Los Angeles" event this Saturday night.
CLICK HERE to buy tickets, benefiting GLSEN!
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