Corey Taylor Gives Mental Health Update, Says He Was Close to Relapsing
Corey Taylor offered fans a frank update on his mental health after canceling his North American tour earlier this month.
Taylor shared a video via social media where he’s speaking direct-to-camera and ran down what exactly he’s been going through. He begins by saying he wanted to address recent feedback about why he’s still going to perform shows in Southeast Asia. Taylor says the cancelation of the shows in Asia was supposed to be part of his statement on Jan. 5.
“The truth of the matter is I understand why so many of you are upset, and I’m just going to break it down for you,” says Taylor. “I, over the last year, have had a complete and utter breakdown of boundaries, mental health, ego, entitlement — the whole nine yards culminating in a very, very real, very near relapse. I kinda don’t recognize myself.”
He goes on to explain that the reason he’s going to move forward with his Southeast Asia dates is because it’s only four shows. Taylor notes he’s going to see how he handles those four shows, indicating it will help gauge how he moves forward with mental health treatment.
Taylor closes by thanking fans for their concern and asks for patience while he gets his health in order.
Taylor’s First Statement on His Mental Health
On Jan. 5, Taylor issued a statement via social media announcing the cancelation of his North American tour. He said, in part, “For the past several months my mental and physical health have been breaking down, and I reached a place that was unhealthy for my family and I. I know this decision will come as a shock to some and may be regarded as unpopular by others – but after taking a hard look at where I am and where I was going, I need to pull myself back and be home with my family for the time being.”
We send our sincere well wishes to Taylor during this time and applaud him for seeking the help he needs.