Roland Orzabal shared details about his wife’s death in 2017 due to alcoholism, saying he has started writing the upcoming Tears for Fears album. The tipping point as a way to escape his emotional hell.
His wife Caroline suffered health problems in 2007 and was prescribed medication that banned the use of alcohol, but she never stopped drinking, he said. the guard in a recent interview.
“Caroline was a bit lax and mischievous when she went to the doctor,” Orzabal said. “She wouldn’t be 100 percent honest, she would talk about menopause. She’d talk about empty nest syndrome—that was next, and it wasn’t at all. It was a number of things. And it was her liver, cirrhosis, and that was a long time coming.”
He accepted that his own drinking was making the situation worse. “I don’t know how widely known that alcohol is much more dangerous for a woman than for a man, and the problem was that Caroline always suited me,” he said. “But again, that’s my own ignorance and stupidity about what was going on because at that point there shouldn’t have been any alcohol anywhere, that’s a fact.”
When she developed alcohol-related dementia, he spent the last years of her life as “her caregiver,” he noted. “So it was five years of hell. … I also had a care company to relieve the burden, and there we were in our large mansion in the West Country with a shrinking circle of friends. … It was pretty harrowing.” That was when Orzabal started working on The tipping point, the band’s first album in 17 years to be released on February 25.
“I needed some respite from the constant illness, the constant dysfunction, and as usual, as I’ve always done all my life, they moved on to lyrics and songs,” he said. After her death, he added, he had health problems of his own and went to rehab, until there came a time when he could overlook his loss and consider his bandmate Curt Smith.
“Then I thought, ‘This guy is really important,'” he explained. “It was obvious — it’s really obvious to a lot of people — but then you suddenly think, ‘Oh no, this collaboration is good, we’ve done great things.’ And the story isn’t over yet – thank goodness!”
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