A life in the spotlight tends to come with living with the paramount judgement of others. Whether warranted or not, artists are forced to live with the less than constructive criticism of people they have never met, and country singer Brantley Gilbert knows this better than anyone.
Even though Gilbert has been sober for over a five years now he still lives with people making snap judgments about him. So how does he manage? He actually welcomes it.
"I enjoy the opportunity to be judged — to be read by my cover — and then to show them that there’s a lot more," said Gilbert according to CMT. "You know what I mean? Listen to a whole record and you see every side of me. If you still don’t like me, then, hey, it is what it is."
Gilbert isn't losing any sleep over the opinions of others because he knows that the people closest to him love him just the way he is. The country singer goes on to explain that his wife's motivates him to maintain his sobriety, drawing inspiration through her unwavering faith.
Gilbert says his song "The Ones That Like Me", off The Devil Don't Sleep is him "in a nutshell." With deeply personal lyrics like “The ones that need me got me" and "The ones that doubt me can’t stop me," the country singer turned the harsh judgement of others into art.
You can take a look inside his journey to sobriety in his video for "Stone Cold Sober" in the video below.
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