The rock and roll icon has been married to the same woman for 43 years, and he recently admitted that the two cannot imagine a life apart from each other and therefore they expect to take off together.
Alice Cooper cemented his reputation as the founding father of shock rock in the mid-70s, but his real life as a devoted husband for more than 40 years is very different from his onstage persona, as he recently reminded us.
The 71-year-old singer talked to Daily Mirror ahead of his UK tour and he opened up about his unbreakable bond to his wife 61-year-old Sheryl Goddard, to whom he has been married since 1976 with the two sharing three children.
“We’ve made a pact – there is no way of surviving without each other. I couldn’t live without her. We always said there will never be a time when one of us will be mourning the other. Whenever it does happen, we are going to go together,” Cooper, born Vincent Furnier shared.
Goddard was one of Cooper’s dancers before becoming his partner, and the two have been inseparable ever since, as husband and wife, work associates, and most of all, the best of friends.
“She dances better now than she did in 1975. You would think people would want to get away from the wives but she is my best friend,” Cooper said about the love of his life.
While Cooper was only trying to stress out how hard it was for him and his wife to picture themselves apart from each other, his fame precedes him and some people mistakenly understood that there was a sort of death pact between them.
Knowing this, the star later clarified in a statement that he never meant that in the event of him or his wife dying, the other was supposed to end his or her own life to follow.
"We love life so much. What I was meaning was that because we're almost always together, at home and on the road, that if something did happen to either of us, we'd most likely be together at the time,” Cooper explained.
"But neither of us has a suicide pact. We have a life pact. And, besides, I'm booked through 2028, so..." the busy rockstar joked.
Cooper and Goddard’s marriage might have survived decades of rock and roll, but the lifestyle associated with the genre did put the singer’s life to risk when his abuse of alcohol came to an alarming point.
“I was drinking a bottle of VO [whiskey] a day. When you’re 25 or 26 you think you’re indestructible. I started throwing up blood and that’s when you’re alarm goes off,” Cooper remembered.
Fortunately, Cooper found a way to battle his addiction by taking to religion, and nowadays he thanks God for allowing him to sober up and being focused and healthy to keep rocking for many years.
Cooper also revealed that he was once addicted to cocaine in the seventies when it was the substance of choice in the entertainment business, but he soon quit using it, something that he believes to have saved his life.
“I lived through it but a lot of my friends did not live through it,” he lamented. But having left those vices behind, Cooper can now presume of his good health, and he compared himself to 75-year-old Mick Jagger, who recently returned to perform onstage soon after heart surgery.
“He’s is an alien from another dimension. Mick and Keith (Richards) hit it hard on the road – how are they still alive? Keith told me he quit years ago. Mick is unbelievable, probably not human,” he stated.