Eighties icon Belinda Carlisle — lead singer of The Go-Go’s — is spilling the beans on her past drug addiction on the pages of a telling new memoir, Lips Unsealed, on shelves today.
Carlisle and The Go-Go’s exploded onto the pop scene in 1981 with their feel good single “We’ve Got the Beat” featured on their debut album Beauty and the Beat. They went on to make history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Belinda also had a very successful solo career in the mid to late ’80s with hits like “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
The “Head Over Heels” singer knew it was time to seek help for substance abuse when she envisioned her own death after a three-day drug binge. Belinda admits she continued to abuse alcohol and drugs until one day in 2005.
She writes: “I had gone to London for business, but spent three straight days locked in my hotel room, doing cocaine. I went on the biggest binge of my life, which is saying something considering I had used, boozed, and abused for 30 years. When I looked at my eyes in the mirror, I didn’t see anyone looking back at me. The lights were out. I was gone. It scared me – yet I didn’t stop until I had an extraordinarily frightening out-of-body experience, where I saw myself overdosing and being found dead in the hotel room. I saw the whole thing happen, and I knew that if I kept doing coke, I was going to die. At that moment I shut my eyes, and when I opened them again I made the decision I had put off for much too long. I opened myself up to life. I appreciated the good, faced the bad, and began to find the things I needed.”
Belinda recently sat down with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts to discuss Lips Unsealed.
The Go-Go’s will officially disband at the end of the summer.