Daniel Johns' heartbreaking update from rehab: 'Deeply remorseful'

Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has shared his first message to social media after announcing he was heading to rehab last month for his mental health and issues with alcohol.

The 42-year-old shared last month that he'd been in a car accident, describing his mental health as a "work in progress" in a post on Instagram at the time.

Daniel Johns
Former Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns has shared a heartbreaking update from rehab, as he faces possible jail time. Photo: Getty

"I have good days and bad days but it's something I always have to manage," he wrote. "Over the last week I began to experience panic attacks."

Daniel explained he'd gotten "lost" the night before while driving and was in an accident, "I am OK, everyone is OK."


He continued, "Alongside my therapy, I've been self-medicating with alcohol to deal with my PTSD, anxiety and depression. I know this is not sustainable or healthy.

"I have to step back now as I'm self admitting to a rehabilitation centre and I don't know how long I'll be there. Appreciate your love and support as always."

His ex-wife Natalie Imbruglia commented on the post, "Love you so much. You got this."

Daniel was pulled over on the Pacific Highway at North Arm Cove near Newcastle, NSW on March 23 with his blood-alcohol levels allegedly more than three times the legal limit.

Daniel Johns' statement on Instagram
Daniel shared the statement via a rep on Instagram. Photo: Instagram/Daniel Johns

Police say he crossed into the opposite side of the road and collided with a van.

The Silverchair singer's lawyer Bryan Wrench entered a guilty plea on Daniel's behalf on April 11 with the magistrate warning he could face jail time. Daniel is due to face court for sentencing on June 22.

Now, three weeks later, the singer shared another update, writing, "My drinking had become a bigger problem than I even realised, and how I have used it to help numb a range of deeper psychological issues that I've been living with since childhood.

"Some of these issues you know, and a lot cut much deeper. Alcohol is not medicine. I should have have treated it like it was. I feel like a complete f**k up and I'm sorry."

He added, "I take full responsibility for my actions on the evening of March 23rd, I am deeply remorseful and I am working every day to make amends. I am handling these matters professionally and privately. For legal reasons, I am unable to talk specifics on social media or elsewhere until after June 22nd."

The singer wrote that he was hopeful he is still able to release his highly anticipated second solo album FutureNever on his birthday, April 22.

Daniel Johns performing live
The singer wrote that he was hopeful he is still able to release his highly anticipated second solo album FutureNever on his birthday, April 22. Photo: Getty

"A huge part of this 'comeback' was my mission to operate with purpose," he said. "It's why I've spent the last 6 months building the FutureNeverFund. I really want to help give back, I've had a lot of time to think about what I want to do to give back to the community.

"I'll be doing my best to support the April 22 release while I continue this long road of healing – some days are better than others."

He also shared that any social media posts in the near future will come from his team for the foreseeable future.

"April 22 represents a new beginning for so many reasons... for anyone facing their own demons, you are not alone. Love you all, see you on the other side.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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