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    Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:12:14

    Gavin DeGraw Opens Up About Beating - He has little recollection of the event and is not living in fear

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    Singer Gavin DeGraw has opened up about the severe beating he received in New York City on Aug. 8, telling PEOPLE that he has little recollection of the incident and that he is not living in fear because of it.

    "It's definitely a combination of excitement and nerves, because my breathing isn't exactly the same," the singer, 34, said about his return to touring, which is set for Aug. 24. "I'm feeling out my breathing through my nose trying to see if the swelling's going down. The sensation is mildly different, so that makes me fearful about singing."

    When he was attacked in the wee hours of the morning, it left him virtually unrecognizable...to himself. "When I first saw my face, it looked like evil me. I had some fractures in my cheekbone and eye and nose. Everything was completely swollen," he recalled. Two weeks later, he is healing. He admitted, "I have a little mark on my nose from stitches. If you saw me right now, you'd think I'd cut myself shaving on my nose. It literally looks like there's almost nothing visibly wrong anymore." That's good news, Gav!

    However, he also suffered a concussion, which makes his memory of the events less than hazy. "My brain definitely got sloshed around in my skull during that walk home [afterwards]," he said. "I still get dizzy – particularly if I stand up from sitting down."

    As for what exactly happened, he said, "I had a night off, and I met up with some friends at the bar I own with my brother. We had a few drinks. I put my friends in a cab and I walked home because I live pretty close. I remember maybe three guys said something to me and I didn't appreciate it, and I guess I let them know I didn't appreciate it. They weren't exactly on the debate team, so I ended up with a tube down my throat," he says.

    "I just literally remember an exchange of words that lasted a second and then being very bloody," he explained. DeGraw said he had a few drinks, but was not drunk.

    The assailants have not been found, either. "There are many and much worse crimes happening than me getting beat up," the singer, who will release Sweeter on Sept. 20, said. "I don't think that it's necessarily even fair that I got the attention I did." Wow, what an altruistic way of thinking!

    DeGraw is happy to let this incident fade into the rear view. He said, "I'm not living in fear. It was a terrible night for me, but fortunately I got through it. I still look like my mother and onward and upward."

    Are you going to check out Gavin DeGraw's Sweeter?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.24.11



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