Gary Allan Needed Space After Wife's Suicide
Eight years ago, Gary Allan endured something truly unimaginable – his wife, Angela, committed suicide. Unless you’ve endured it, one can only guess how difficult this sort of loss can be. Everyone has their own way of grieving and he explains that he had to take some time away and just be away from the spotlight.
As Allan prepares to release his upcoming album, Set You Free, he has opened up about one of the most devastating chapters in his life. Intensely private, he says that he is always aware of the dangers of becoming overexposed as an artist. As he states: “The people you see all the time, they’re not going to be around very long.”
For that reason, when his wife died, he chose to stop doing meet-and-greets and interviews since he was keenly aware that he might be seen as a “suicide ambassador.” This became apparent quickly since, before his shows, he found that people wanted to share their own stories and, after hearing 10 or 12 a night, he decided he had to regain control of his life.
Still, he does admit that he may have taken his seclusion a little too far and may have been away from his fans for too long. Now, he’s ready to move on to the next stage in his life and his career which, of course, involves music.
He explains that music “was the best therapy in the world. You sit around and kick around every emotion that you're having."
Allan also has some words of wisdom for his fans who may be going through tough times: "It always gets better, no matter what. Time will knock it out of you. You have to want to get better, too… Keep walking forward."
Sounds like great advice.
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