Papa Roach Frontman Speaks Candidly About His Faith


Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix has spoken candidly in a new interview with Kerrang! about his decision in 2013 to become a Christian. Shaddix says he made the choice several months after becoming exhausted from a "never-ending cycle of hurt and hangovers" as a result of his hard-partying past.

Asked how faith has helped him through the difficult parts of his life, Shaddix said, "It's been key for me. I follow a man named Jesus and I think he's awesome. Unfortunately, there are a lot of terrible f**king Christians out there, but when living in a relationship with my higher power, I feel like I'm clicked in to the ultimate power in the f**king universe . . . I've certainly had my struggles and failures in my spiritual life, but my walk with God has been one that's evolved over the years."

Shaddix added that it took him a while to ask for help directly from God, explaining, "It was just an honest prayer from the heart: 'My God, just come save me. I can't do this on my own. I am broken. I've tried my life my way over and over. I keep going out on the road and I keep falling apart. I'll stay sober for a while and then I'll fall apart and then I'll get back in that same place of just ultimate destruction. And I just had that honest prayer. And that's when the tide started to turn in my life."

Shaddix has endured many personal issues over the years and told us a while back that he just tries to keep moving forward: ["I don't know, man, life just keeps happening. You know, no matter who you are, where you're at, what you're doing in your life, you know, if you're a carpenter, you are a rock journalist, you are the president of the United States, you are a rock star -- life happens. That's just it. And you know, sometimes life throws you just some crazy curveballs and, I don't know, I've really found out the strength of character that I've got."] SOUNDCUE (:21 OC: . . . that I've got.)

Shaddix's seventh sober anniversary came a month after the release of Papa Roach's 10th studio album, Who Do You Trust?, which arrived last January.