LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
(in Iltaleti Magazine – Dec.31,09)
Since Ville Valo quit drinking, the only interest he has left is music.
HIM frontman Ville Valo, 33, is a changed man. The nights and days spent with dozens of pints of beer seem far away. Sobriety has also shrunk his circle of friends. Only true friends have remained.
- Let’s say that I’ve deleted 190 phone numbers out of 200 from my cell phone, Valo admits.
He regards coolly Jackass star Bam Margera’s concern that Valo has become a total hermit.
It is true though that Ville is not seen in bars anymore. He’s not afraid of falling off the wagon; the reason is that you’re not allowed to smoke freely in bars anymore.
- I have to fool around in my own fantasy worlds, and I can do that just fine in Munkkiniemi, Ville grins.
Ville Valo hasn’t always been in such a good shape as now. Playing with alcohol got out of hand a few years ago, and the rock star, who confesses to being a workaholic, didn’t have time to take a vacation in ten years. The decision to go to rehab at Promises in Malibu in the spring of 2007 changed the direction of Ville’s life.
- It was a kind of a breather. No cell phone, the sun was shining a bit, and I was locked up so that I couldn’t do anything naughty. It was a pretty pleasant prison and a very expensive one, he laughs….
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