Glen Campbell's Widow Kim Recounts His Battle with Alcoholism – and Night He Pointed Pistol at Her

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Kim Campbell details her life with late husband Glen Campbell in a new memoir, excerpted exclusively in this week's issue of PEOPLE

In a new memoir titledexcerpted exclusively in this week's issue of PEOPLE, Kim reveals she struggled in secret as the country star battled drug and alcohol addiction for much of their 34-year marriage.You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.

"Glen hadn’t," she writes. "He got hold of the bottles I’d put in the linen closet and drank himself into another crazed rage. This one was bad. This one had him pointing a pistol at me. He leveled the gun at me as if he were lining up a target. I froze. Then, without a word, he turned and walked the other way."

When Kim got home, Glen called to apologize for his behavior. She forgave him, and the pair remained together from that point on . Still, the problems persisted.Glen Campbell's Widow Opens Up About the Emotional Final Days of His Alzheimer's Battle: 'There's a Sense of Relief' The pair married on Oct. 25, 1982, and had a blissful honeymoon at the Grand Canyon where Kim writes she "rediscovered the joy" that had initially drawn her to Glen.After the pistol incident, and after son Shannon and daughter Ashley made them a family of five, Glen tried to face his demons. He stayed sober for 15 years before relapsing in 2003, when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and aggravated assault on a police officer following a hit-and-run.

"When he committed to me, we were inseparable," she adds. "I couldn't imagine ever being apart from him."In Malibu Kim started noticing that Glen was becoming more dependent on her. She’d tell him to get dressed for an engagement, and he’d reply, "Okay, Mommy."

 

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Glen gave so much music to the world. Now she needs to dredge up the crap? No one made her stay. I think that this is terrible.

Why bring this up? It’s such a negative part of his life

Alcohol and drugs destroy so many lives. That's why I don't understand why states are promoting legalized marijuana. Kids need to never start doing this stuff. No one ever wants to be an addict. It just happens.

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