Dave Grohl thought money would kill him

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 November 2014
Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl thought that money would be the death of him as a youngster, because of his family's financial struggles

Dave Grohl learnt to never worry about money because cash problems made his mother ill.

The Foo Fighters frontman has revealed he has a "funny relationship with money" following a tough upbringing during which his mother struggled financially, and her money woes eventually led to having a stroke.

He confessed: "She had a stroke, she had to stay in hospital for weeks."

The 'Best of You' singer's mother "worked as a high school teacher, and at Bloomingdale's department store, and at Serve Pro carpet cleaning" in order to make ends meet before she fell ill, when the rocker was just 12.

He explained: "We were in such a tight spot financially, because she was a public school teacher, raising two kids, and one night she was in the living room doing her taxes and the next thing I know she's in her bedroom, and we had to call an ambulance."

The 45-year-old - who has three children, Violet Maye, Harper Willow and Ophelia Saint with his wife Jordyn Blum - also recalled the moment he returned to his childhood home after his mother was admitted to hospital, where he realised that the family's financial situation had caused the illness.

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, he said: "I remember coming back to the house that night, alone with my sister and looking at the piece of paper she was writing to the IRS on as she started to have her stroke. And it left this indelible mark on me, that was 'money will kill you', that people spend their lives dying inside because of money."

He added: "Before I had any f**king money, I didn't care about money, I didn't care about money. Once I got money, I didn't care about money."

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