Cover art for the new Green Day album ¡Uno!
“Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances.”
That, for all of you who have yet to hear about this past Friday’s Greed Day public meltdown, was the official statement released on the band’s Facebook page after frontman Armstrong pretty much lost it after a digital ticker brought up a one-minute-warning for the band to wrap up their set.
Armstrong’s response to the time limit: “You’re f–king kidding me. What the f–k! I’m not f–king Justin Bieber, you motherf–kers . . I got one minute, one minute left.”
Although the band itself has not clarified or elaborated on what substance Armstrong was actually abusing or the more important tidbit of his current status, leave it to an ex-wife to spill all the details which is exactly what Claudia Suarez Wright did after speaking with internet gossip site Celebuzz.
Wright – ex-wife of Green Day Drummer Tre Cool – revealed that Armstrong did in fact enter rehab as stated but that he is completely fine.
“He’s in rehab and his family is by his side,” said Wright, whose son is Armstrong’s godchild. “He’s doing okay.”
She revealed that her ex-husband had texted her about the incident which came as a surprise since – according to Wright – Armstrong had been sober for over a year, but added that the temptation of Las Vegas ultimately responsible for his relapse.
“In Las Vegas there’s a lot of temptation to drink and it’s tough to be around when you’re fighting against it,” she said. “When he was in Vegas he was drinking a lot. The night of the show he had been drinking.”
For those of you can recall the other bizarre Green Day incident earlier this month where Armstrong was taken to a local Italian hospital an undisclosed “illness,” turns out it was just that according to Wright.
“He was actually sick in Italy and it was not from drinking,” she said.
Armstrong’s mother, Ollie Armstrong, echoed a similar statement: “He picked up a bug or it was food poisoning.”
We wish Armstrong the best of luck for a speedy recovery and he’ll definitely need to be at full strength considering that the first of a trio of new Green Day albums was released on Monday – and what’s an album release without personal appearances and media bombardment?