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Wendy Williams has never been afraid to discuss her past addiction to coke. During her recent appearance on Centric’s “Being,” the daytime TV host opened up about some of her past demons including her addiction and how she eventually kicked the habit.
“I’ve stooped to smoking crack. I could literally smoke my crack right there in the studio,” she boldly confessed while discussing indulging in substances during her early radio days.
Wendy surprisingly went on to express that she “loved” her habit at the time.
“I had the money and the access and the time to do it. I absolutely loved it and there was never a time when I said I can’t do this anymore. I was able to pay my bills. I was able to live a nice life.”
However, as with most drug addictions, Wendy eventually hit rock bottom.
“I knew they knew, but no one knew how to say anything to me,” Wendy shared while recalling her parents inability to cope with her addiction.
The media maven went on to express that she kicked her addiction only after she was ready.
“I quit because it was time,” Wendy explained. “It doesn’t work until the person who’s on the drug wants to quit. Interventions only drive them away from wanting to be around you.”
Watch Wendy’s telling interview on the next page.
Up until this point, Lamar Odom’s substance abuse issues were all speculation. Folks of course drew their conclusions, but no one could really prove anything. However, TMZ recently acquired a video of what appears to be an inebriated shirtless Lamar and a friend, rapping about drugs, making money and creeping around on his wife, Khloe Kardashian.
While the video doesn’t exactly confirm or deny whether or not Lamar is actually battling with a crack addiction, as he could really be under the influence of anything in this video, it looks pretty damaging. What can be proven by this video, however, is that not everyone that Lamar has in his circle can be trusted. Even if he is actually struggling with this addiction, for someone to release the video to the media like that is pretty well, cruel.
“And when Khloe’s out of town / I still be on the DL,” he incoherently babbles at point in the video.
It’s all pretty difficult to watch. Let’s just hope it’s not as bad as it looks.
Catch the video on the next page.
Every couple will have their differences—big and small—and while, for the most part, we appreciate one another’s differences, and even try each other’s habits/viewpoints on for size, there is one difference that you just can’t mess with: vices that you don’t share. For the sake of this article, we’ll use alcohol as an example. But the rules apply to almost any vice from smoking to online shopping.
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars have publicly battled with drug or alcohol but others have entered rehab for other underlying problems. These 15 celebs sought help for problems other than substance abuse.
Mariah Carey’s diva behavior is legendary but back in 2001, the “Beautiful” singer hit a low point in her career following the release of her semi-autobiographical movie Glitter. After the film tanked, Carey was dropped from her record label. Posting ominous messages on her website to her fans, it was clear something was wrong with Carey. Succumbing to the pressures of the industry, Mimi had a public meltdown and went into treatment. Fast forward four years and a new record deal later, Carey drops The Emancipation of Mimi, which wound up being the biggest album of that year, and returns to superstar status.
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“At the time that I did that, I had just moved from Jersey back to Baltimore and I was staying with my mom to help her out. I was doing a day in the life with MTV and that turned into the documentary. There were some discussions about how personal or how raw it would be, and at the time I didn’t know much about reality shows, so I just thought ‘real is real’ and ‘lets just keep it 100.’ We decided to do it and they wanted to turn it into a longer reality show but I was fine with the one time thing and I wanted it to help my fans and inspire people around the world who were struggling with addiction. I wanted to show young adults that they could overcome. My mom got help at the time and she moved to Malibu for rehab and it was a positive step and experience for both of us to have. It really helped me take the burden off of having to see my mom every day struggle with her drug addiction. Right after that, I started my foundation and that was the impetus.”
“There are so many different variables but we’re good. We have better communication, better respect and understanding. And I think that us being away from one another for a little bit. After that, I moved to LA and she stayed in Maryland. That space allowed her to be a woman instead of me being the guardian over her telling her what to do. It allowed me to grow as a man, and it allowed her to decide where she wanted her life to go. At some point as a recovering addict, she had to decide where she wanted her life to go. This past year and a half or two that we’ve been apart, I’ve tried to let her do her and me focus on my career. I have to focus on being a better friend, son and a healthy individual and that, in turn, will help both of us.”On what his mother’s struggle taught him about drug addiction:
“Addiction is tough. And I realize now how much that affected the way I dealt with women and how many unhealthy places I was in with women. I’m finally free from it and it feels good to be free from certain thoughts and feelings and just the way I view women overall. Not having that natural, instinctual love that a mother is supposed to give a child made me look for it in other places. For a while, especially doing what I do [for a living], women are a dime a dozen and there isn’t a shortage there at all. So I was getting physical attention and sex but it wasn’t healthy because I was lacking this real love. It got to the point where I didn’t respect having a personal connection with a woman, versus the physical connection. I would view the physical connection as love moreso than having that personal connection. That’s not what I was taught and that’s not what my experiences had been.”In case you never had the privilege of seeing Mario’s documentary with his mom, you can check out part 1on the next page.
Sad: Footage Surfaces Of A Seemingly Drug-Influenced Chris ‘Mac Daddy’ Kelly Only Hours Before His Death
Last week the hip-hop world stood still when news broke that Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of 90′s group Kris Kross passed away. The circumstances surrounding his death were initially uncertain, as rumors that Chris suffered from a rare form of cancer had been circulating for years. Within 24 hours of his passing, a representative on behalf of the Fulton County Police Department expressed that the rapper’s death was likely the cause of an overdose. A friend of Kelly also told authorities that he’d been indulging in a combination of heroine and coke the night before.
Now, new evidence has surfaced. A video acquired by TMZ, which is said to have been taken only hours before his death, depicts Kelly with a group of friends, attempting to rap. Kelly appears to be under the influence of some sort of drug and is eerily rapping along to a song with lyrics about “a room full of dead bodies.” It’s really sad and difficult to watch, considering the seemingly drug-induced state that he’s in.
According to The Jasmine Brand, a public viewing for Kelly will be held Wednesday, May 8th throughout the afternoon and evening. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 9th at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church. Kelly’s mother also released this statement regarding his passing:
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kellyhas passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”
The video can be found on the next page.
“He’s great. He’s doing much, much better. He’s good.” “[He'll probably be going home] today or tomorrow, real soon though. He’s recovered real good.”On the events leading up to Wayne’s seizure:
“He had a seizure Tuesday night. He’s really been in the hospital since Tuesday. You know, all of the stuff that people is saying, there’s no truth to it at all. He had a seizure. We brought him to the hospital. We’ve been here ever since. He’s doing much better and he’s straight.”On speculation that drugs caused the seizure:“We were on our way to shoot a video when it happened. This is like the second or third time it happened, so automatically we laid him down and called the ambulance to get him to the hospital… I was there with him.”
“Honestly, you know it’s just his work ethic. What he puts in, what he believes in and how hard he works, how much dedication he gives to music, his fans and what he’s trying to accomplish in life. It ain’t had nothing to do with drugs, no such thing like that. He works around the clock. It wasn’t nothing about no drugs. He just needed to get some rest and relax. Take it one day at a time. He’ll be back, normal as anybody else. He just needs to relax.” “At this point that [syrup] is not what they’re saying the cause is. It’s more of not getting proper rest.On TMZ’s report:
“None of that was true. We were actually watching the game when all that popped off. It wasn’t never no truth to that He was never in that kind of situation [life support, medical induced coma etc.] throughout the whole few days we’ve been in the hospital. He ain’t never been bout to die.” “They [TMZ] freaked the world out with that.” “We got family and kids. When you putting out false rumors like that, you know, you can really damage families like that and have them fear.”Turn the page to hear Baby’s full interview.
After canceling a comeback tour and going to rehab last year to get help for a substance abuse problem, it seems that singer El Debarge is still battling with drugs. The 51-year-old had done a two-year stint in prison for a previous drug possession arrest, and he was just arrested again on Monday, this time on suspicion of drug possession with intent to sell, in the Encino neighborhood. According to the Los Angeles Times, undercover narcotics officers conducting an investigation saw the singer and another man on the street acting “suspiciously.” I’m really tired of that word…
Anyway, after noticing them, the officers found drugs where the singer had been standing. The man with him was busted for attempted drug possession, while El was arrested for attempting to sell drugs. DeBarge posted a bail of $30,000. His attorney though, told the Los Angeles Times that he was skeptical about the charge, especially since he knows El’s past issues with drug abuse–not the sale of it. He issued the following statement:
“The DeBarge family is very close knit and have had their struggles with substance abuse. They will do what they always have done, which is to support their sibling through this.”
Man, their family is really going through it these days (James is actually in jail with Conrad Murray of all people). Let’s hope he’ll get through this and get help again.
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Most celebrities enjoy their time on the red carpet, but what you might not know is that some of our favorite actors and performers have spent some time in the pen too.
Check out this list of celebs who have done hard time, before reaching stardom….