Alice Cooper reveals he’s “a devout Christian who prays and reads Bible”
Rock legend Alice Cooper who has drawn inspiration from horror films and vaudeville to shock his millions of fans around the world, is really a devout Christian who reads the Bible and prays daily to stay sober.
Cooper, seventy-three, revealed in an interview with Page Six that while some people who struggle with alcoholism stay sober with support from organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, he beat his struggle with faith in God.
“I never went to AA,” he said. “Everyone said, ‘Oh you have such great willpower,’ I said, ‘No, God has great willpower. He took it from me.’ My dad was a pastor, my grandad was a pastor, Sheryl’s (his wife’s) dad was a pastor. I had such strong prayer for me. Even the doctor said, ‘This is an absolute miracle.’ I said, ‘Why?’ They said, ‘Well, you should be hiding bottles all over the house and you should be sneaking drugs.’ I said, ‘I have absolutely no desire for that at all.’”
The rock legend who is known for hits like “Poison” and “Billion Dollar Babies” said he developed a struggle with alcohol and was at his worst in 1983 — prompting his wife, Sheryl Goddard, to file for divorce that year. Although they would reconcile a year later, Cooper remembers vividly when he decided he needed to do something about his alcoholism even though he was functional.
“Internally my pancreas and liver were being destroyed,” he told Page Six. “I woke up one morning and I threw up blood and that’s how I kind of knew it was over. My wife grabbed my ear and said, ‘Hey, the party’s over.’”
Cooper and his wife, who have been married since 1976, went on to raise their three children and remain committed to each other today.