5 Celebrities Who Say They’re Lucky to be Alive

Believing they were once close to losing their lives, these 5 celebrities have said they’re lucky just to still be here. Some battled addiction or admit they had a dangerous past that could have taken their life, while others struggled with a health problem that was just as scary. Thankful they’ve been given a chance to continue living, these stars have spoken on being grateful just to be alive and think they’ve been very lucky.

Angelina Jolie


Angelina says she went through a darker period in her youth that could have killed her: “I went through heavy darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things. Nothing I want to go into a lot of detail about, but I think people can imagine that I did the most dangerous and I did the worst—and for many reasons I shouldn’t be here. You think of those too many times where you came close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too far.”

Deryck Whibley

Deryck was told by doctors he might not live: “The doctors said I was lucky to be alive and that there was still a chance I could die. The reason i got so sick is from all the hard boozing I’ve been doing over the years. It finally caught up to me.”

Elton John

Elton ignored his appendicitis, believing he had food poisoning and even played several shows before going into hospital: “I’m lucky to be alive. I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time. I feel so lucky and so grateful to be alive. I played nine gigs and the White Tie and Tiara Summer Ball in agony.”

Kelly Osbourne

Kelly was taking a high dose of painkillers: “I feel very lucky because people die every day from taking painkillers like Vicodin, and I was taking much more than them. At the start I only took one every weekend, then it was one every weekday, then two a day, then three. By the end I was taking so many pills I was on my hands and knees vomiting blood because the drug was ripping away my stomach lining.”

Tom Hardy

Tom struggled with addiction: “I was a shameful suburban statistic. I was told very clearly, ‘you go down that road, Tom, you won’t come back. That’s it. All you need to know’. And that message stayed with me clearly for the rest of my days. I am f***ing lucky to be here, to be honest.”