So sad. Trace Adkins had fans worried after appearing drunk during a charity performance on July 13, according to a new report. The country star mumbled his way through his set for a fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital. See the clip of his questionable demeanor, here.
The 54-year-old country singer appeared to have too many drinks before his performance in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Trace, who is a recovering alcoholic, was reportedly inebriated while putting on a lackluster performance, prompting concert goers to venture towards the exit, according to TMZ. The country star allegedly slurred his way through an entire 3 songs before people couldn’t handle watching him in that state anymore.
“Apparently we have one of our country music family who needs our love, support and understanding. I hope you’ll take a moment and send a positive thought, support and prayer,” the radio station’s program director took to Facebook with a heartfelt message about Trace. A source close to the singer also told PEOPLE, “This illness is an everyday fight. Trace is a fighter and everyone is pulling for him.”
Although Trace was a headliner for the Rockin’ Country Thunder 106 Guys With Guitars Under the Stars, the audience could barely understand him. In the clip, the “Lit” crooner was rockin’ his usual attire: clad in jeans, a white tee and a leather cowboy hat. Trace is definitely enjoying the jams during his performance, but didn’t really leave his seat or give too much energy throughout. Luckily, he did try to make it up to those who were upset, making a sizable donation to the children’s hospital with his performance fee.
This is unfortunately not the first time he has made headlines for issues with booze. The “You’re Gunna Miss This” singer went to rehab in 2014 due to relapsing on Jan. 13 after 12 years of sobriety. Trace also made headlines when he got into an altercation with an impersonator who was singing karaoke on a cruise ship. Hopefully, all is well with the country star now — we’re hoping for the best!
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