Ringo Starr admits the Beatles' breakup took decades to get over

Ringo Starr Hit Hard By Beatles' Breakup

Drummer Ringo Starr recently revealed to the Times of London that the disintegration of the Beatles sent him into a decades-long bender.

The 74-year-old explained he spent most of the '70s and '80s in a boozy haze during which he somehow managed to narrate a children's series on PBS.

"I was mad. For 20 years. I had breaks in between of not being," he said.

The iconic drummer finally cleaned up his act and went to rehab with his wife in 1988.

After getting out of rehab, Starr told People that the split also presented him with a professional challenge.

"It was pretty hard for me just to go and join another band, because I was bigger than any band I could have joined. I wasn't interested in being in another band right away. I was hiding because of all those pressures," Starr told the magazine.

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Ringo Starr admits the Beatles' breakup took decades to get over
 In this file picture taken on )ctober 26, 1965 Beatles fans try to break through a police line at Buckingham Palace in London where the group were due to receive the Member of the British Empire (MBE) decoration from the Queen.   The Beatles' debut tune that launched Britain into the '60s and helped to ignite a worldwide obsession for the four-man British rock band celebrates its 50th anniversary on October 5, 2012.  Even though it only  peaked at no. 17 on the British charts, the single "Love Me Do" was the rock group's first hit record when released in October 1962.   AFP PHOTO/FILES        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/GettyImages)
Liverpudlian pop group The Beatles on Granada TV's Late Scene Extra television show filmed in Manchester, England on November 25, 1963.   (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles in Studio 2 at Abbey Road in London recording the single 'She Loves You', 1st July 1963. Lennon plays a Gibson J160E acoustic guitar and McCartney a Hofner 500/1 violin bass. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
1st February 1968: Beatle Paul McCartney gives the thumbs up during production of the new Beatles film, a feature length cartoon called 'Yellow Submarine'.   (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Ringo Starr In A Garden Listening To A Hit Song During Sixties,  (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 10:  Allen Livingston, President of Capital Records presents the Beatles with Gold Record at the Hotel Plaza.  (Photo by Paul DeMaria/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Teenage reactions to pop group The Beatles during their performance in Washington DC, America, on February 11, 1964.  (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
The Beatles rehearse for that night's Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre, 4th November 1963. The Queen Mother will attend. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
June 1967:  The Beatles at the EMI studios in Abbey Road, as they prepare for 'Our World', a world-wide live television show broadcasting to 24 countries with a potential audience of 400 million.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20:  Photo of BEATLES and Paul McCARTNEY and John LENNON and Ringo STARR; L-R. Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison - posed, group shot at Press call for Sgt Pepper Album launch  (Photo by Cummings Archives/Redferns)
The Beatles relax in a hotel room in Paris, 16th January 1964. From left to right, John Lennon (1940 - 1980), George Harrison (1943 - 2001), band manager Brian Epstein (1934 - 1967), Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. (Photo by Harry Benson/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performs during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games on July 27, 2012 at the Olympic stadium in London.. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CAMERON SPENCER        (Photo credit should read Cameron Spencer/AFP/GettyImages)
Former Beatles' singer Sir Paul McCartney gives a thumb up after being awarded by French president as officer of the "Legion d'Honneur" (Legion of honour), the French hightest award on September 8, 2012 at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.   AFP PHOTO / POOL PHILIPPE WOJAZER        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/GettyImages)
British musician, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr performs live during his concert at the Congress Center on June 29, 2011in Prague, Czech Republic.(Photo by Tomas Krist/isifa/Getty Images)

"I had a serious drinking problem," he said. "I didn't work or do anything. I wouldn't go out, because you'd have to be in the car for 40 minutes without a drink."

"It got progressively worse, and the blackouts got worse, and I didn't know where I'd been, what I'd done. I knew I had the problem for years. But it plays tricks with your head," Starr told People.

Since getting clean, things have been going pretty well for Starr -- personally and professionally.

The drummer told the Times that enjoys living a healthy lifestyle full of fruits and vegetables while staying busy with the All-Starr Band, which just released a new album, "Postcards from Paradise."

More good things are on the way for the rock star -- he'll will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18.

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