Alex James recently claimed that loved ones, including former bandmate Damien Hurst, acted differently towards him when he stopped drinking and met his wife Claire Neate in 2002 via Express.
It has been said that at the time, the singer was trying out being sober after his mother sternly warned him he would lose his friends if he continued. However, the Blur bassist has claimed it was quite the opposite and that people acted differently towards him once sober.
“Nobody f***ing called me anymore,” he revealed to The Times in an interview last year.
“I stopped drinking for a year and met Claire halfway through and most people had stopped calling me by then.”