Keith Urban has had struggles with the demons of addiction in the past, as most fans know, and even spent time in rehab several years ago. Now he's sober and apparently using the lessons he's learned along the way to help fellow stars. In fact, Brantley Gilbert credits Keith with helping him through a very tough time in his own life.
Brantley was the co-host over the weekend on Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton and told the story of how Keith helped him when he was struggling.
“Keith’s actually been a really good dude to me. When I was making changes in my life, I was down and out, I was even in the hospital, and he showed up and spent several hours with me one day out of nowhere, just encouraging me, because I had a lot of worries about doing my job. Looking back, I was thinking, since I was 15 years old, I’d been sneaking beers, I hadn’t been sober for a lot of these things, I was nervous about writing, performing, and doing my job like I used to. He told me, ‘Man it’s a whole new world. It’s different but you’re gonna have a lot more fun with it.’ He was just uplifting and reassuring, he’s one of those guys when you meet him, you know he has a good soul. He has an awesome heart and is an awesome dude. That was a pretty impressive thing to me. You meet people in the business, and wonder how compassionate they are. But he showed up out of the blue, and I hardly knew the guy. I’ll never forget that as long as I live, and I’m indebted to him now. For somebody of that stature to take that kind of time.”
Brantley says he's been sober for three years now and just got to a place where he felt it wasn’t for him any longer.
Good for Brantley for changing his life for the better and good for Keith for being there for others who are struggling with tough times.
You can hear Brantley talking about Keith helping him out here.