Backstreet Boy’s Nick Carter said in a recent interview with People Magazine, that his ten year addiction with drugs and alcohol almost caused him to die.

The sobering, 29- year old, sought medical help last year, after suffering from chest pains. He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a build up of toxins that prevent the heart from pumping blood efficiently.

His doctors said 'You need to change your lifestyle,' and I realized I don't want to die. I don't want to be that person people read about and think, 'That's sad that he couldn't stop it and killed himself.'

He is clean and healthy now, weighing 167 lbs after gaining as much as 224 lbs over the past ten years.

Carter says that life today is just awesome.