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Florence Welch marks seven years sober and ‘sends love’ to fans battling drugs and alcohol issues

Florence Welch has been sober for seven years and celebrated her achievement by ‘sending love’ to others battling similar issues during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Florence and the Machine frontwoman gave up alcohol after it began to take hold of her life, and she once feared that she would die.

Seven years on, Florence continues to live a sober lifestyle but can empathise with others who may be particularly struggling during this time.

In an Instagram post, the Dog Days Are Over singer shared a photo of a painted red heart with ‘7’ in the middle and flowers in one corner.

She wrote: ‘I am seven years sober today. I send my love and support to anyone who is struggling. If you are feeling shaky around ED issues, drugs or alcohol, I completely understand.

‘The desire to disassociate is so strong. But please don’t give up. We are going to need you on the other side.’

Christine and the Queens showed support for her pal and commented: ‘Love you babe.’

Arlo Parks commented: ‘Sending you love,’ while Nick Grimshaw and Jaime Winstone left love heart emoji.

One fan cheered: ‘Happy anniversary my beloved ??? you’re such a beacon of light.’

Florence, 34, opened up about her decision to quit drinking in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone and stated: ‘Music and alcohol are sort of my first two loves,’ adding that alcohol became a ‘huge’ part of her life.

The You’ve Got The Love hitmaker also penned an essay for British Vogue in 2019 and wrote: ‘I got sober when I was 27, a few months after my birthday party, where my mother made a speech – a plea, really – to my friends to try to keep me alive and out of the notorious “27 club”.’

The Brit award-winning singer has also faced an eating disorder and once told The Guardian’s Observer: ‘I learned ways to manage that terror — drink, drugs, controlling food.

‘It was like a renaissance of childhood, a toddler’s self-destruction let loose in a person with grown-up impulses.’

Worried about drugs?

Frank offers confidential advice about drugs and addiction (email, message 82111 or call 0300 123 6600) or the NHS has information about getting help.

Adfam has local groups for families affected by drugs and alcohol and DrugFam offers phone and email support to people affected by other people’s drug or alcohol misuse.


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