Belinda Carlisle went on Good Morning America today to talk about her new book, Lips Unsealed, which is a memoir recounting her career in music, her troubled childhood, her struggles with drugs and her weight, and her ultimate redemption. Carlisle is married to British actor James Mason, and the two have an 18-year-old son, James Duke.
Here’s a bit of trivia I didn’t know: The Go-Gos, Carlisle’s breakout band, were the first all-female band who played their own instruments and wrote their own songs, to have a number #1 album in America. Also, “We’ve Got the Beat” will simply never get old. Ever.
Anyway, an excerpt from Lips Unsealed is on the next page, courtesy of ABC News.
What did I want? I asked myself that question for most of my life. As a kid, I wanted out of my house, a place of much torment and trouble. The punk scene became my refuge, my safe haven, the forgiving, understanding world where I could be anything I wanted — in my case, a rock star. After I became a rock star, I still didn’t know what I wanted. Finally, many years later, I began to realize I had been asking the wrong question.
It was actually one night in 2005 when I finally came clean with myself, when I asked what it was I needed, not what I wanted. I had gone to London for business, but spent three straight days locked in my hotel room, doing cocaine. I went on the biggest binge of my life, which is saying something considering I had used, boozed, and abused for thirty years. When I looked at my eyes in the mirror, I didn’t see anyone looking back at me. The lights were out. I was gone.
Lips Unsealed is available at Amazon.