Glen Campbell's Widow Kim Recounts His Battle with Alcoholism – and Night He Pointed Pistol at Her05/27/2020
Glen Campbell's widow Kim is opening up about how life with the legendary "Rhinestone Cowboy" wasn't always shiny.
In a new memoir titled Gentle On My Mind: In Sickness and in Health with Glen Campbell, excerpted 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.
"When he wasn’t drinking, he was the best guy in the world," Kim tells PEOPLE. “But I feared every time he took a drink. I used to tremble, physically shake all over because it had gotten so bad."
In the memoir, Kim, 61, details one particularly scary occasion which occurred after the birth of their first son, Cal, in 1983. Though Glen had agreed at the time to abide by Kim's mandate of no booze in the house, she had forgotten about a series of collector decanters (which typically hold alcohol like whiskey) she had hidden in their home.
Now self-isolating at home in Nashville with Cal, now 37, and Ashley, 33 (son Shannon, 35, is in L.A.), Kim hopes her book can bring some solace to others.
"Whatever battle you're facing, whether it's a disease like alcoholism or drug addiction or Alzheimer's, you can't do it alone," she says. "For us, faith was everything. Faith and a sense of humor."
For more from Kim Campbell and an exclusive excerpt from Gentle On My Mind, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
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