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Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant Credits 2023 Arrest for Saving His Life Amid Mental Health Crisis

Cage the Elephant lead vocalist Matt Shultz is opening up about the ways in which he transformed his life.

The singer of the hit song “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” faced legal troubles in January 2023 when authorities discovered three loaded firearms in his New York City hotel room. Reflecting on the incident, Shultz revealed that it served as a wake-up call, leading him to recognize that he was grappling with severe mental health issues.

Expressing gratitude for still being here today, Shultz took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a heartfelt statement. He acknowledged that his arrest from the previous year was a pivotal moment that ultimately saved him. Following his arrest, he underwent a two-month hospitalization followed by extensive outpatient treatment, allowing him to shed light on the events that transpired.

In his statement, the 40-year-old artist disclosed that he had been unknowingly battling a profound mental health crisis over the past three years. He attributed his descent into psychosis to an iatrogenic reaction triggered by a prescribed medication. Describing the journey to recovery, Shultz credited his bandmates, community, and especially his wife Eva for their unwavering support. He lauded Eva as a warrior and his rock, emphasizing her instrumental role in his healing process.

Furthermore, Shultz expressed his humility and gratitude for the chance to share his story, recognizing the unwavering backing of his friends, family, and Cage the Elephant bandmates throughout his ordeal.

In a separate development, Cage the Elephant recently unveiled their upcoming album, Neon Pill, scheduled for release on May 17, alongside a 45-date North American tour announcement.

Eva, who tied the knot with Shultz in 2020, reposted his statement on her Instagram Story, declaring her profound love and support for her husband.

Last November, Eva commemorated her husband’s resilience and achievements, revealing their vow renewal ceremony in New York City. She expressed immense pride in Matt’s journey and the strength of their bond, crediting their renewed faith in love and hope for the future.

In a legal update from June, Shultz reportedly avoided jail time but pleaded guilty to three charges related to firearm possession. The court mandated him to maintain good conduct for a year, following which the felony charges would be expunged, and he would receive a one-year conditional release for a misdemeanor offense.

Shultz’s attorney, Sanford Talkin, conveyed his client’s commitment to moving forward positively and leaving the past behind, highlighting Shultz’s efforts to overcome the challenges he faced.

Established in 2006 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Cage the Elephant has garnered acclaim, including Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album in 2017 and 2020.