“At 30, I was an alcoholic,” confesses the 49-year-old singer in Marie Claire. “I was sure that I would be a cursed poet for life”. At a time when Saint-Clair (September 9), Benjamin Biolay’s ninth album will be released in stores, the artist confided in his old addiction. Benjamin Biolay even reveals that he filled the small water bottles with vodka and consumed “30 per week”, according to the accounts of his manager (up to “five liters per day”). “I was scared to death… It wasn’t pleasant, I was getting fat, I wasn’t even drunk,” recalls the interpreter of L’eau claire des fontaines.
Aware, however, of this addiction to alcohol, Benjamin Biolay made a radical choice: no longer touch a drop of alcohol for six months. “And never again hard liquor.” The vodka-addicted artist admits, however, that this intoxication remains a “work tool”, he says, cash, still in the columns of Marie Claire. “In the studio, I sometimes get drunk. Two, three drinks will make me go away, silence my fucking brain, my hardness with myself that prevents me from fucking a song when I’m on the verge of finding something”. Today, Benjamin Biolay ensures to be rid of this addiction, even if he happens to drink still within the framework of his work.