Brantley Gilbert hit an important life milestone on Friday (Dec. 18). The country rocker is celebrating nine years of sobriety and he took to social media to mark the occasion with a family photo.
“9 years drink free today, and couldn’t have done it without my family, my brothers, my road family and the #bgnation,” he captioned the image. “If y’all pop a top today drink one for ya boy.”
The attached photo featured Gilbert alongside his wife, Amber, and their son, Barrett Hardy-Clay (Brantley and Amber are also parents to a daughter, Braylen Hendrix, who was not pictured).
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Gilbert has long been vocal about his decision to get sober and recently opened up to his record label about how his tattoos help him on his sobriety journey.
“The one on my left side is really the story of my life, and goes through my addiction and the tribulations and trials. I got the devil trying to get on my shoulder over here, and I got two angels – I got one chubby angel with a spear keepin’ him from gettin’ up here,” he explained. “It’s just little things like that that I remember the struggle every time I look at my arm. That’s one of the things, people ask me, ‘How are you staying sober?’ And honest to God, this has a lot to do with it. Every time I look down, I see flames and skulls and the fact that I put myself and everybody that works for me through hell.”
Gilbert’s struggles with addiction inspired his newest single, “Hard Days.”
“‘Hard Days’ is about finding and acknowledging hope in the midst of turmoil and taking the good with the bad,” Gilbert previously shared. “I look back on some of the harder times in my life and think about where things are now, and I’m thankful for the bad that led to the good.”
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