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Shaun Ryder has always been known for his wild lifestyle. In fact, The Happy Mondays frontman took so many drugs, he lost all his teeth – but that all changed when he hit 40.
Speaking on White Wine Question Time, Ryder said reaching the milestone age was the right time to tackle his addiction – which he did with the help of a bicycle.
“When I hit 40, I didn’t even bother with rehab: I went on my bike and just went cold turkey because I wanted to do it,” he told podcast host Kate Thornton.
The star, who started drinking at 13, had tried several times over the years to kick his addiction to heroin and crystal meth — even trying a stomach implant — but nothing worked.
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“I’ve been in loads of rehab and stuff over the years, but I was always going in them for someone else or for some reason that wasn’t me wanting to get off it,” he admitted.
The big change for the singer, who recently took part in a stand-up comedy routine for Stand Up To Cancer, said as well as finally wanting to do it for himself, there was another major reason for him to kick his addiction: his kids.
“They were getting a bit older and weren’t infants,” the singer told Thornton. "They were getting older and becoming aware of what their dad like. I didn’t want to start embarrassing them!”
Ryder admits he became somewhat of an exercise fanatic in his bid to rid himself of his addiction, but sadly had to stop all that when he needed a hip replacement in 2019.
The star, who is waiting to have the other hip replaced, has also struggled with thyroid problems, which has impacted on his health.
“I've got an under-active thyroid, so I don't even have a thyroid,” he said.
“Under-active makes you blow up and also when your thyroid goes so does your testosterone, so I have to use testosterone replacement. Then — because my thyroid went — loads of other things go because your thyroid controls a lot of stuff!”
While the singer revealed he has loved spending time at home with his wife Joanne and their children, he’s also looking forward to hitting the road this year with The Happy Mondays.
“I enjoyed it because you never get to spend this much time at home, but I'm ready now for going back out there,” he said.
He continued, laughing: “Joanne's made up, you see because she won’t see me now for about five years - and she's very happy!”
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