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Gavin DeGraw Opens Up About NYC Assault!

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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!

He explains:

"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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10 comments to “Gavin DeGraw Opens Up About NYC Assault!”

  1. 1

    Best thing to ever happen to his career. Wonder if it was staged. Pretty sure he was on the county fair circuit.

  2. 2

    Has he came out of the closet yet?

  3. 3

    If he wants to prove what a "trooper" he is, he shouldn't keep whining about it. It's New York, people get mugged there every day.

  4. 4

    blah blah cuz of that ghey ass hat blah balh

  5. 5

    Re: whatthe321 – gavin degraw is not gay and secondly he had a good career before this whole thing happen he may not be a mainstream artist like lady gaga and britney spears. gavin degraw is a amazing artist and he has loyal fanbased he was just at the wrong place at wrong time.

  6. 6

    I hope that each and every one of you who shows no compassion to another HUMAN BEING for being assaulted and hit by a car simply because they "believe" he is gay need to experience a similar fate. When the only issue out your tragic lives that causes you to be vocal is whether or not someone is gay shows the world at large what small, vapid and shallow people you are. Gavin DeGraw is an amazing entertainer and vocalist. He is kind and talented and I feel for him and hope he makes a full recovery. I love Gavin DeGraw and am not ashamed to admit it. I don't care if he is gay, str8 or does it with trees. It makes no difference to me.

  7. 7

    Re: Sisky Biz – Um, quite the contrary - he wasn't whining at all. This was more of a clarification of the incident straight from the horse's mouth. Also, as you mentioned, in New York muggings occur frequently. This was implied when he stated how he probably shouldn't have received the attention.

    No need to thank me. Just thought I'd help you understand the difference between whining and explaining.

  8. 8

    I sooo don't care. who is this guy? i thought it was eric dane . oh well

  9. 9

    Aw, this makes me feel so sad for Gavin that he had to go through that. Poor thing. :(

  10. 10

    Seriously love this man. Re: Sisky Biz – When someone beats the crap out of your cynical self one day, I hope someone has a more gracious attitude towards you.