The singer — who is 30 now — admitted to the outlet:
“I thought I would die by 30. Even when I was 13, 14, I thought, ├óΓé¼╦£Oh, my God. I’m going to die.'”
Now, after a 90-day treatment, Aaron is feeling recharged:
“Life, it was pretty tough. I dealt with a lot of trauma, a lot of loss, a lot of loneliness. I just felt like I needed to get away. I’ve been burnt. My goal is to be the phoenix that rises from the ashes.”
When asked about making it to 30, the troubled star said:
“I’m shocked. It’s time to act like a frickin’ adult. I have new aspirations. All of those require my attention for music, and I’m telling you, I love in the studio. It’s the safest place for my and very therapeutic.”
He added of creating music:
“I’m kind of like Taylor Swift. I produce music when I feel depressed. It’s just my way out, my way of resting my mind. That’s how all these songs came about. They’re about ex-girlfriend that didn’t work out. I wrote songs about them while I was with them, trying to get them to understand what they were doing to me.”
Aaron — who entered rehab weighing 115 pounds — is now up to 162. Yas!
The former child star said of his struggles that got him there:
“I have post-traumatic stress disorder. I had a different-style upbringing. I wasn’t able to go to school, have normal friends. I wasn’t allowed to have friends over. They had to sign waivers that said if they killed themselves, we weren’t responsible. I was always working and flying to different countries. One minute my dancer’s my tutor and the next minute my grandma is my tutor. I was lonely even though I was performing for millions of people.”
And despite reports, Aaron insisted drugs didn’t have anything to do with his decision to seek treatment:
“I never abused medication. They did a hair-follicle test and found oxycodone, Xanax and Klonopin. But that’s because I got punched in the jaw by my drummer, and I had a fractured jaw. I had seven ulcers, and I couldn’t do anything about it. Then I went to a wellness center and they knew exactly how to prescribe me -medications that are going to take care of certain things. I go through a lot of pain, and my pain is reflected in my music.”
We’re just hoping he can stay on the straight and narrow! Good luck, bb!
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