Entertainment How Brandi Carlile Got Into a 'Better Headspace' After Road Life Struggles: 'Take the Rest'
Brandi Glanville Pokes Fun at College Admissions Scandal After Son Mason's Big Milestone
Brandi Glanville celebrated a major moment in 17-year-old son Mason's life with a post that took aim at the college admissions scandal. Read her initial tweet and subsequent clarification.The 48-year-old reality TV mainstay took to Twitter on Tuesday, March 9 to announce that the 17-year-old, who she shares with ex-husband Eddie Cibrian, has successfully gotten into college. She and Eddie also share 13-year-old son Jake.
In 2018,was riding high on the success of her highly acclaimed sixth studio album By the Way, I Forgive You. But behind the scenes, she was struggling.
In this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, 39, gets candid about how she abused steroids and sleep aids during that time — and for years prior — to help her make it through her rigorous touring schedule as she dealt with recurring cysts on her vocal cords.
"I had a problem. And the problem is that I thought that sedating myself was normal," Carlile says. "The way I traveled and the way I navigated this country was with the help of a lot of sleep aids. All my friends were doing that to sleep on tour buses and on planes so they could get up and go to the radio stations. No one told me that it wasn't normal or that accidents can happen."
What drivers said after Phoenix Cup race
Drivers discuss their race after Sunday's Cup event at Phoenix Raceway.Martin Truex Jr. — WINNER: “Just to have the speed that we had and to be good on the long run at the end, and to be able to take the lead on the restart against a couple guys who are good here each and every time. Look at the 22 (Joey Logano), the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and the 11 (Denny Hamlin), those guys are always good, and we’ve been searching. I’m really proud of James (Small, crew chief) and ‘Jazzy’ (Jeff Curtis, engineer) who came up with the setup here. Like I said, we will go home and figure out to be better, and tweak on it. This is just unbelievable.
Carlile recounts the scary moment she almost had an accident herself in her new memoir,(out now). While alone in her hotel room during a three-show run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City in April 2018, Carlile almost accidentally took six Xanax instead of the steroids she was prescribed.
"I suddenly realized with a shot of adrenaline and shame that I was staring down at six Xanax that I was about to pop into my mouth and go back to sleep," she writes in the book. "I don't know if I would have ever woken up."
Carlile goes on to say that "no amount of defense" by her wife of nearly nine years,, or her bandmates, Phil and Tim Hanseroth, "would have been enough to remove the stain left by a simple accident."
The joy of music returns for Grammy winners, performers
Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Billie Eilish made history at the Grammy Awards. Just as joyously, dozens of creators largely sidelined for a year due to the pandemic got to make music again. The Grammys on Sunday broke through the Zoom trap that has bedeviled other awards shows with a surprisingly intimate evening that, at its best, felt like viewers were invited into a private club with their favorite musicians. Four different women won the four most prestigious Grammys. Swift's quiet surprise, “folklore,” was album of the year; Eilish's “Everything I Wanted” was her second consecutive record of the year winner; H.E.R.
"Just a tired mom alone in a hotel room afraid to let anyone down and wanting the show to go on," she writes. "I will always think about that before I pass judgment on a person who's had a drug overdose."
After that moment, Carlile realized she needed to get help. As she approaches her 40th birthday in June, she says she's now in a "better headspace" than ever before thanks to her wife, their daughters Evangeline, 6, and Elijah, 3, and the counselor who helps her stay healthy.
"I say no now," she says. "I will cancel things now. If I'm sick, I will not take steroids and play a show and hurt my voice that I depend on, that so many people depend on."
By being candid about her own struggles, Carlile — who kicked off heron Tuesday — hopes she can help other musicians.
"These things are weird, complicated, hard to talk about, embarrassing and a really big part of being a musician and touring," she says. "There are a lot of people that work around you who will tell you that the world stops turning if you take a rest, if you cancel the show because you're sick. Cancel the show. Take the rest. Avoid some of the paths I went down."
For all the details on Brandi Carlile's struggles, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands everywhere Friday.
Visual Effects Society Awards: ‘The Midnight Sky’ Tops Feature Competition .
Accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award, Peter Jackson reflects on making ‘The Lord of the Rings.’Led by VFX supervisors Matt Kasmir and Chris Lawrence and lead VFX house Framestore, The Midnight Sky contained VFX work that ranged from digital actors and facial performance capture to fully CG zero-G shots and virtual production techniques.