Travis Barker has said he's ''healthier'' now than he was before his involvement in a plane crash in 2008 which killed four people and left him severely injured.
Travis Barker has said he's ''healthier'' now than he was before his plane crash in 2008.
The 41-year-old musician was involved in the terrifying ordeal which killed four people almost a decade ago, and although the experience left him with critical injuries - including severe burns to more than 65 percent of his body - he says he's defied his doctors by improving his health drastically.
He said: ''The doctors said, 'You're probably going to be on most of these drugs for the rest of your life because you went through such a horrific experience, and you're dealing with bipolar disorder. You'll probably never play drums again, you'll never run again.'
''Then the challenge was in my mind just to prove them wrong. I had to wean myself off of every drug, start playing the drums immediately, run, and then I became even healthier than I ever was before the plane accident.''
The Blink 182 drummer - who has 13-year-old son Landon and 11-year-old daughter Alabama with his ex-wife Shanna Moakler - admitted to using recreational drugs prior to the crash, but now says he prefers to ''get a high'' from exercising and keeping healthy.
He told American talk show 'The Doctors': ''I get a high off of boxing, and recording, recording music. I'm healthier than I was when I was 20 years old. I'm 41 now and I'm 10 times healthier.''
Meanwhile, the 'What's My Age Again?' hitmaker previously said his recovery process was ''hell'', after undergoing a whopping 27 operations.
He said: ''I stayed in burn centres for the next four months. That feels like hell.''
And since the crash the star - who was one of only two people to survive the incident - has had a fear of flying.
Speaking in 2015 he said: ''Right now, flying is a no. Planes kill people.''