“It Was Pretty Bad” Nivea Opens Up About Overcoming Cocaine Addiction
Nivea is back! She is preparing to release new music, and she announced her return by telling her story for BET’s new docuseries, Finding. In the 14-minute documentary, she talked about the ups and downs of her time in the industry, her relationships with Lil Wayne and The-Dream, and the sacrifices she made to be present for her four children.
In a new interview with the M+M+M+ Show though, she took things a step further. She opened up about something people didn’t know she was dealing with behind the scenes: drugs.
It all started innocent enough. She smokes weed, and she’s trying to get away from drinking dark liquor.
“I’m a be honest. I did everything late,” she told the hosts. “I didn’t smoke weed until 2010 after I stopped breastfeeding my youngest son. The pill thing I can’t do. I drink though. I had to stop that. Brown liquor — I’m a whiskey girl — has sugar in it and it makes you freakin’ fatter. I had to stop that. But yeah, I like to drink.”
But while admitting what she does enjoy doing from time to time, she opened up about the one particular drug she did take.
“I smoke weed here and there. Never no needles, no crack. I’ve done coke. But no pills. That’s it,” she said.
“My experience with cocaine, that wasn’t something I felt public with where people want to party. It didn’t do none of that for me. It was more of a mental thing. I had a different reaction than most people. I wanted to be alone. It was a personal drug. I wanted to write, play Sudoku, it put me in my head.”
Things eventually escalated in terms of her cocaine and drug use over the last few years to the point where she considered taking time away from her kids to get help so she wouldn’t end up going down the same road as her parents. She had a change of heart though, and turned things around because she wanted to be at her best for her kids, London, Christian, Navy and Neal.
“I come from an addicted family, both of my parents were on crack,” she shared. “My mom got off and my dad struggled over the years, and recently, over the past year, went to rehab, but that was the last 30 years of my life. The struggle is real. I was real caught up with the cocaine situation. It was pretty bad. I pulled myself up out of it though. In the midst though, I knew that was something I was allowing to happen, which was dangerous and reckless, but I knew I was going to come out of it somehow. Even though sometimes it got tough and I was like, ‘Damn.’ I talked to Dream about it. I was about to give the kids up, which I think helped me. Because without them, I would have died…I can’t live without all of them. I need them for air.”
You can check out the interview, where she also talks in detail about her past relationships and what went wrong, why she might consider some surgery soon, and more below.