Fatboy Slim's partying could've killed him
- Bang Showbiz
- 4 March 2014
Fatboy Slim has revealed that he thinks he would be dead if he hadn't decided to give up partying in favour of his career and family life
Fatboy Slim would be "dead by now" if he hadn't quit partying.
The 50-year-old DJ - real name Norman Cook - who checked into a rehab facility for alcohol abuse in March 2009 - believes he could have died if he hadn't become sober and thinks he's added years onto his career as a result.
He said: "I bought myself an extra 10 years as a DJ by quitting drinking. I definitely couldn't have carried on the life of a partying DJ. I would have either been burnt-out or dead by now"
The 'Right Here Right Now' singer - who has two children, Woody, 13 and Nelly, 4, with his wife Zoe Ball - says the decision to slow down came shortly after a "mid life crisis" born out of juggling a demanding career with fatherhood.
He told The Daily Telegraph website: "There was a big shift in my whole life when I stopped partying. It was my mid-life crisis, having a think about my priorities. I prefer being a DJ to making records. I haven't got time to do both and be a dad."
Although the BRIT Award-winning artist - who will be performing a series of sets during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer - prefers playing to a live audience he admitted he will "probably" return to the studio at some point when his hectic schedule begins to take it's toll.
"I won't be able to live this pace of life, with late nights, forever. At some point I may decide, 'I don't want to go round the world playing to records to drunk people anymore.' Then I probably will go back into the studio. "