“I got into alcohol for an asshole”: Raphael and the true origin of his alcoholism

The spanish singer Raphael shows us the most intimate side of his career and life in his documentary ‘Raphaelismo’, which has four chapters that can be seen from January 13 on Movistar +.

It is an intimate portrait that delves into Raphael’s successes, secrets, fears and dreams. The production has unpublished audiovisual material, which makes it the first and only documentary with the direct involvement of Raphael himself and his family.

In the documentary, which takes a tour of his 60-year musical career, Raphael confessed to his audience and reflected on the time when he suffered from alcoholism, which affected his health to such an extent that a liver transplant was necessary. .

His takeoff as a musical star came in the early 1960s (Photo: Raphael / Instagram)
His takeoff as a musical star came in the early 1960s (Photo: Raphael / Instagram)

RAPHAEL AND THE ORIGIN OF HIS ALCOHOLISM

As part of the premiere of his documentary ‘Raphaelismo’, the Spanish singer with 60 years of artistic career spoke about a difficult chapter in his life: alcoholism. Raphael admits he fell into this “asshole” addiction.

As recalled, Raphael’s health was affected by hepatitis, apparently caused by heavy alcohol consumption. That is why at the beginning of 2000 it began to deteriorate rapidly, until in April 2003 a liver transplant was necessary.

This made the Spanish singer an active promoter of organ donation. After his recovery, Raphael announced that he was beginning “a second life.”

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In an interview with the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo”, the interpreter of “Como yo te amo” recalled this passage in his life and revealed how he fell into alcoholism.

“By asshole. It must be said: I got into alcohol for an asshole, “said the famous singer when asked about how he started his addiction to alcohol.

Later, Raphael explained that he started drinking alcohol on airplanes because his sleeping pills were no longer working. In addition, he claimed that he never did it for pleasure.

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“This started on airplanes, I spent half my life in them, and when I sat down, I asked for the bottles of alcohol that they put in, I drank them in one gulp and slept. Sure, I was asleep. I was going to America and coming back without realizing it ”, the singer began.

“And then I started doing it with the blissful minibars in the suites, too. I took my pill first and at one point it didn’t work. I was in the middle of Jekyll and Hyde, I needed to sleep as it was and since the pill did not work, I emptied the minibar until it fell. But I have never done it with the idea of ​​enjoying alcohol, I have never liked it, “he said.

When his liver began to fail, Raphael confessed that he could have died. His health was very critical, but a transplant saved his life: “Yes, why am I going to say no to you? I have seen death very close, but it will have to wait for me, “he added.

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