Fergie reveals scary details of her drug addiction in new interview
Most of us will know Fergie, whether it's from her early days with the pop group Wild Orchid, her time with Black Eyed Peas, or her solo work. But what many don't know is that the singer had a severe drug problem in her past, to the point that going sober was an absolute necessity.
When she was still a member of Wild Orchid in the early 2000s, Fergie began experimenting with drugs, eventually trying out crystal meth. This began a year-long addiction to the drug that was so intense her life came close to falling apart.
Back in 2006, she spoke about her past issues with drugs. "I dug deep as to why I got there. It's the drug that's addicting. But it's why you start doing it in the first place that's interesting," she told Time, later referring to it as "the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with."
More recently, she has opened up about her pre-Black Eyed Peas days, and the extent to which her meth addiction affected her life.
Speaking to the British publication iNews, she discussed how during this time she found herself "hallucinating on a daily basis":
"I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I’d just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny."
Her hallucinations became increasingly extreme, and eventually had her convinced that both the CIA and FBI were following her.
When she turned to the church for help, she was kicked out for erratic behavior, a moment that turned her life around:
“They tried to kick me out, because I was moving down the aisles in this crazy way, as I thought there was an infrared camera in the church trying to check for my body. I bolted past the altar into a hallway and two people were chasing me."
"I remember thinking: 'If I walk outside, and the SWAT team’s out there, I was right all along. But if they’re not out there, then it’s the drugs making me see things and I’m going to end up in an institution. And if it really is the drugs, I don’t want to live my life like this anymore, anyway.'
"I walked out of the church; obviously there was no SWAT team, it was just me in a parking lot. It was a freeing moment."
Seeing how far her addiction got, it's a wonder that she managed to turn her life around in such an extreme way. “The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun… until it wasn’t," she explained. "But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that’s my strength, my faith, my hope for something better.”
Not only did she sober up, but she ended up being nominated for 20 Grammys and winning eight of them. What an inspirational story!