Red Hot Chili Peppers Bassist Opens Up About ‘Moment’ He Found God | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Katie Jerkovich.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea recently opened up about the "moment" he found God, saying it just made sense after struggling with a feeling of "emptiness" once he turned his back on his drug-addicted, partying days.

    Born Michael Peter Balzary, the founding member of the rock band admitted he's "not religious," but the once-proud atheist said he does "believe in God."

    "I grew up virulently anti-religious, and there came a time in the early '90s, right around when I turned 30, I got really sick with chronic fatigue," Flea told the Los Angeles Times. "I'd been a drug-taking madman - party all night, play basketball all day."

    "I just thought I was Superman," he added. "And all of a sudden it was like all the energy got sucked out of my body. I was like, I can't go on tour, I feel too s***. And I was cut off from my friends because I wasn't partying."

    He said through a self-help book, he stopped looking externally and turned inward.

    "I started thinking about that emptiness, and in that moment God just made perfect sense," the rockstar said. "I mean, like I said, I've still never been religious. And I've tried - I've been to churches."

    "I thought there might be a sense of community [in church]," he added. "In the '80s I'd go to churches in South L.A. as an atheist. I had a friend who knew where the best gospel groups were coming through, so I'd go, and it would be incredible."

    And these days, Balzary said he prays multiple times daily.

    "I'm a praying guy," Flea told the Times. "I pray in the morning when I get up, when I go to bed, when I eat. And when I do an interview, I'll just stop for a second - like, let me get out of the way and let go of everything."

    "I'm not religious in any way, but I kind of believe in God," he added. "And I try to live a life that honors my idea of what God is - like a divine energy."

    The bassist recently welcomed his third child, Darius, with his wife, streetwear designer Melody Ehsani, into the world. He also has two older daughters from two previous relationships.
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