James Taylor has a new album out, Before This World. It’s his first album of new material in 13 years. During an in-depth interview with Billboard magazine, he was asked about his addictions. He was asked “Were you seriously addicted?” Taylor replied, “Oh, yeah. My really serious addiction was to methadone. The only thing that helped me feel better was strenuous physical exercise. I was here in New York City for most of it, so I was doing a lot of aerobic classes.”
Taylor said from the age of 35 until about 50, “I bounced around exercise studios all over the city.” Taylor is now 67.