Travis Barker gave his first interview to Us magazine since his tragic plane crash on September 19th that killed four. He and DJ AM were the only survivors of the crash and both suffered second and third degree burns.
On how he’s doing: “I am doing the best I can possibly be. I’m so anxious to get out of here. …I’ve just been in surgery after surgery. I have third degree burns basically from my feet up to my waist and both hands. One of my hands was second degree burns and one was third degree burns. I’m trying to have a quick recovery and play the drums again and be able to hold my kids again. [Barker has two children, Landon, 5, and Alabama, 2, with ex-wife Shanna Moakler.] I’m going nuts not being able to see them and spend time with them!”
On how he’s always been terrified to fly: “I hate planes,” the ex-Blink 182 drummer, 32, said. “My biggest fear ever is to be involved in a plane crash, so when that happened … well, I’m just thankful to be alive! I’m just grateful to be here at all.”
On eating meat now after 25 years of being a vegetarian: “I need protein from food rather than just protein supplements. I changed my diet. I would do anything I possibly could if they said like, ‘There’s a possibility you might heal faster if you do eat meat or just change your eating habits.’ So I did. I don’t regret it at all, I feel so much better.”
On how much longer he’ll be in the hospital: “Oh gosh, I hope not much longer. I sit here and I read books and watch TV. I think if this surgery went well, I’ll be here for at most two weeks.”
We wish Travis and DJ AM all the best in their recovery.
Photo: Pacific Coast News, May 18