Jelly Roll breaks down in tears on stage at the CMA Festival, discussing drug addiction and prison time during an emotional moment

JELLY Roll broke down in tears on stage at the CMA Festival while discussing her past drug addiction and prison stints.

The country music star, 39, reformed his life after battling drug addiction and a decade spent in prison for various offenses.

Jelly Roll cried on stage at CMA Festival while discussing past drug addiction and prison timeCredit: Tiktok/jonnyonair
The 39-year-old rapper opened up about how he changed his life after drug addictionCredit: Getty
He choked up when he talked about his “in and out of prison” and his “juvenile facility.”Credit: Tiktok/jonnyonair

Jelly Roll – real name Jason Bradley DeFord – choked up while reflecting on his past during his headlining performance at the festival on Saturday night.

In a TikTok shared by a viewer, the country music star gave an emotional speech introducing his upcoming song, Son of a Sinner.

“I was in this juvenile facility. I was in and out of jail. I was on drug addiction and tonight I’m headlining the CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee,” Jelly Roll said.

He took off his hat, looked up at the crowd at Nissan Stadium and started crying.

Visibly overcome with emotion, Jelly Roll took his hat and covered his face with it while he sobbed.

“I’m here to tell you that whatever you want to do in your life, you can do it. I don’t care what anyone tells you,” he finally continued.

“I dedicate this song to all the people who live between good and evil. This song is called Son of a Sinner.”

Jelly Roll spent time in a juvenile facility at the age of 13 after being caught with weed, according to the Guardian.

He told the outlet in November 2023 that he had tried most drugs before 15: pills, cocaine, acid, mushrooms, meth.

At 16, he was charged with aggravated assault after trying to steal weed from someone while armed and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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He spent the next decade in prison for aggravated robbery and possession with intent to sell cocaine.

His probation ended in December 2016, according to jail records.

“Prison was like a high school reunion for me. You walk in there, it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re still here, what’s up man,'” he told the Guardian.

“The revolving door of the justice system, it’s tough, man.”

Jelly Roll left prison for the last time at age 25 and began building a music fan base, boasting a billion views on his YouTube channel before signing a record deal.

The Jelly Roll Weight Loss Journey

Jelly Roll opened up about her weight loss journey earlier last month.

In a recent interview with People, Jelly Roll revealed how much weight he lost as he prepared for his US arena tour later this year.

“I probably lost about 70 pounds,” said.

“I’ve been really kicking it, man. I’m doing two to three miles a day, four to six days a week.

“I spend 20 to 30 minutes in the sauna, including six minutes in a cold bath every day. I’m eating healthy at the moment.”

He admitted that his goal was to lose another 100 pounds.

“If I feel this good at this weight, man, I can only imagine how I’m going to feel by the time I go on tour,” he concluded.

The musician – married to model and entrepreneur Bunnie XO – reflected on the kinship he feels with the young delinquents and recovering drug addicts he counts among his fans.

He admitted that he cried almost every night he was on stage, usually while celebrating people in the audience who were recovering.

“It’s sad to say, but there just aren’t a lot of people writing the kinds of songs I’m willing to write and talking about the topics I’m willing to talk about, but yet they’re so common “, did he declare. said.

In April this year, Jelly Roll revealed he had lost 70 pounds since revamping his diet and fitness regime.

He said he “eats healthy,” walks three miles four to six days a week and spends 20 minutes in the sauna.

The rapper added that he plans to lose 100 pounds.

The rapper revealed earlier this year that he had lost 70 pounds (pictured in 2022)Credit: Getty
He is married to model Bunnie XOCredit: AFP