Many celebrity musicians have been in rehab, but few have come out of it superior artistically and in their popularity. The below artists faced the odds to dominate post-rehab.
Kesha was released only recently from rehab for anorexia, so it may be a bit early t claim any sort of big reinvention. But early signs, such as Kesha’s wonderful attitude in interviews and her open self-awareness about her illness is powerful and significant in signaling a new pop songstress. She plans to begin recording an album soon following 2012’s punk rock epic, Warrior. But between fighting for gay rights, becoming an ordained minister, and working with punk legend Iggy Pop, one wonders when she will ever have the time.
2. Trent Reznor
All of these famous musicians faced troubling times, but perhaps none as intense as Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. After his 2002 stint in rehab he said, “I had to come to terms about becoming an addict, which, for a long time, I lied to myself about the status of until I couldn’t lie any more, ’cause I was either going to die or get better.” Ouch. Reznor did release the phenomenal The Downward Spiral, which is considered a 90’s classic. But post rehab he put out the absolutely stunning Year Zero as well as the experimental The Slip. But perhaps it was the recent release of Hesitation marks that was most impressive. Not only has the artist carried a career through three decades, but he released one of the best albums of his life only a year ago. That is saying a lot considering the guy was rehabbed for over a year and on the brink of death. It makes anorexia look tame in comparison.
1. Britney Spears
Britney Spears is the absolute queen of rehab comebacks, partly because her lows were so low and that she managed to somehow stay intensely relevant through it all. Even her 2008 record Circus was a chart topper. This came out right in the middle of her chaotic mess with Kevin Federline. This was also around the time she went out in public with no panties, shaved her head, and did everything under the sun to attract major attention- intentional or not.
The fact that she went to rehab shortly after and came back better than ever is a testament to her relevance as an artist and how legitimately insane she most certainly was during those dark years. 2011’s Femme Fatale was a pop masterpiece, led by singles ‘Hold it Against Me’ and ‘Till the World Ends.’ he post-rehab stint continues with 2013’s Britney Jean, and she seems to have found her voice once again.
Many celebrity musicians have been in rehab, but few have come out of it superior artistically and in their popularity. These artists faced the odds to dominate post-rehab.