Constantine Maroulis, who placed sixth in season 4 of the hit show in 2005, has not consumed drugs or alcohol for almost two years

By Abigail Adams
July 16, 2021 01:18 PM
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"I've been actually clean and sober now over 20 months, no drinks ... and just kinda working on myself a lot," the 45-year-old American Idol alum told OK! Magazine from his New Jersey home on Thursday.

Maroulis, who placed sixth in season 4 of the hit show in 2005, committed to the change shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. The singer admitted lockdown "could have been ugly" for him had he not gotten sober when he did.

"It started off like, I'm just gonna put this pen down, the vape, the drinks and just chill, and then it was a few months, and then it was six months, then it was a year, then it was now almost two years," Maroulis told OK! Magazine.

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"Now at my age, [I'm] like, 'Why am I doing that?' I'm glad I caught that because if it were when my dear friend [Nick Cordero] was dying in a coma during the shutdown or when the sky was falling, it could have been [bad]," Maroulis said.

He added: "Sitting around in my robe all day, hitting the vape or something like that — that's not sexy in your 40s."

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Prior to getting sober, Maroulis faced a slew of legal issues. The bulk of the problems took place in August 2015 with his then-girlfriend Angel Reed, who he met on the set of Rock of Ages in 2008.

On August 12, Reed called 911 and alleged Maroulis had thrown her to the ground and kicked her during a dispute. He was arrested the following day on domestic abuse charges.

The court dropped all charges in September 2015 at Reed's request. The couple eventually split.

Maroulis' new path also includes a new project: The Constantine Maroulis Show. The program will feature the singer playing his favorites from the '70s, '80s and '90s and interviewing special guests. He even plans to get listeners involved with a special karaoke segment.

"We opened up last week with some Poison, we [played] Joan Jett, we had a little Temptations, we sent them home with Karaoke with Constantine, which is a fun moment that we end the show with where a caller can be a part of the show and trade verses with me," Maroulis said.