Willie Nelson seriously considered political run before 'sobering up'

19th May 17 | Entertainment News

Country music icon Willie Nelson has long dismissed the idea of one day running for political office after briefly considering a career change while high.

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The marijuana aficionado famously received a few write-in votes during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and while he has previously "come close" to entering politics "a couple times", the singer insists it's not a dream he wants to become a reality.

Asked what stopped him from switching careers, Willie told Rolling Stone magazine, "I sobered up."

Instead, the star decided to make use of his platform in music to bring about change in other ways.

"I think you can do more with music than you can with arguments and politics," he explained. "I think a song will reach more people than any other thing. There's a reason that it's called 'harmony': When you play a show, there's an energy exchange with the people that is unimaginable. It's the reason I go out there. I get something out of it too."

Nelson, 84, used the controversy of Donald Trump's 2016 election victory as inspiration for a song called Delete and Fast-Forward on his new album, God's Problem Child, but the veteran star insists he has no personal issues with the real estate mogul-turned-president after working for him years ago.

"I knew (Trump) back when he owned some casinos, and I worked for him," Nelson shared. "He always paid me. I had no problems at all."

However, Willie believes Trump has to rethink his political strategy if he is to achieve any kind of success in the White House, because running a country isn't the same as running a business: "(He's) stepped into a different world," the singer said. "It's easy when you can just go bankrupt anytime you want to and say, 'I'll check you later.' But that's hard to do when you're President of the United States."

Nelson's comments emerge as calls to have Trump impeached continue to make headlines, particularly in light of the recent controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey, and the President's reported leak of classified information to Russian officials.

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