Joe Don Rooney, best known for his guitar work with Rascal Flatts, one of the most successful acts in country music.
He has broken his long silence since pleading guilty to a 2021 DUI.
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In social-media post, he affirmed his sobriety and also dispelled a rumor that he was transitioning.
“There have been so many rumors and opinions thrown around about me — but I’m finally healthy and ready for the world. And NO, I’m not transitioning to be a woman,” he wrote.
He also said “That thought has never entered my mind. Nothing against the trans community whatsoever but I needed to set the record straight.”
Rooney spoke extensively about his horrific vehicle accident and the adjustments he made to his personal life for the most of his post.
He wrote “My life and career took a major detour at 4a in the early morning hours of Sep 9, 2021,.
He wrote. “I was drunk, and I was so far gone with my life .
I was completely out of control and finished with trying to fight the fears, depression, and anxieties that had spun me out in a way I’ve never experienced before.” He also wrote.
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Rooney said that the factors that triggered him to drink included “the pressures of my career and the many mistakes I made in regards to my home life, coupled with a lot of pain and trauma from my childhood and early on in my adult life.