People Exclusive

Duran Duran's John Taylor: Recovery 'Never Stops'

10/06/2012 at 05:00 PM EDT

Duran Duran's John Taylor: Recovery 'Never Stops'
John Taylor
Justin Stephens
If there were a class on How To Survive Pop Stardom 101, John Taylor didn't take it.

With his band Duran Duran, the bassist went from teen music geek to international pin-up almost overnight with '80s hits like "Rio" and "Girls on Film." But during the height of his fame, "I didn't know how to turn on the off switch," says Taylor, now 52.

As he recounts in his new memoir, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran, Taylor became dependent on drugs – specifically, cocaine and Ecstasy – and alcohol, losing a decade to hard partying, band turmoil and failed relationships before going to rehab in 1994.

Even now, recovery "never really stops," says Taylor, who is happily married to Juicy Couture designer Gela Nash-Taylor and planning to record a new album with Duran Duran next year. "You have to find the right direction for your energies."

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters