Elton John first used cocaine in 1974 while recording his eighth album. “I never thought of myself as being handsome or good-looking or whatever,” he told the UK’s Telegraph in 2010. “I always felt like an outsider. And I think that’s why I started doing drugs, to be one of the gang.” What followed were what John refers to as “the lost years,” a time full of drug addiction, alcohol abuse, suicide attempts, and eating disorders. In 1990, John finally cleaned up. “My life as I get older is such a great experience. The demons that I had inside me — the fear of confrontation, the shyness, the self-loathing — because of [husband David Furnish] and my recovery, it’s really so much better. I’m quite at peace with myself now.”
The Aerosmith frontman has had a rocky, drug-abusing past — he claims to have spent more than $20 million on cocaine and heroin over the years. Tyler first entered rehab in 1986 after his band staged an intervention. He eventually went back to rehab in 2009 for an addiction to painkillers and has been clean ever since. These days, Tyler thanks his current gig as a judge on American Idol for keeping him sober. "If you think going out in front of high-def cameras and millions of people I'm not high on adrenaline, you're crazy," he told People magazine.