British rocker Billy Idol narrowly cheated death during his heyday in the
1980s when his drug habit grew so severe, he was continually alternating
between crack and heroin.
The WHITE WEDDING singer was so dependent on narcotics at the height of
his music career, he would swap one hard drug addiction for another in his
misguided attempts to cure his intense substance-taking.
Idol, 49, says, "By the late 1980s I was doing crack and heroin. I was
either on one or the other. I would be trying to get off one, so I would do a
ton of the next thing to try and cover up the fact you were getting over the
"And that gets dangerous because you're always trying to cheat and you
never give anything up.
"It didn't really become that much of a problem until 10 years of the
1980s and five years of the 1990s had gone by and the things had gradually
"It led to where you didn't realise how much you were putting into your
body. Your body can take a gigantic amount of punishment without you realising
that you're starting to kill yourself."
Idol adds, "At one point I was staying up for three weeks at a time and
s**t like that. You just don't realise how it creeps up on you."