Fergie on drug-fuelled past: 'I was so paranoid I thought the FBI were after me'
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey, she explained that joining female vocal pop group Wild Orchid (pictured below) as a teenager ended up affecting her in a negative way and she turned to drugs, but soon found it was a downward spiral she couldn't regain control of:
"What I should have done was said, 'Girls, it's really time for me to go (out) on my own. I need to fulfil this dream of mine to have a solo album.' And I didn't know how to do that, I didn't know how to deal with that confrontation... So I started going out and taking Ecstasy and from Ecstasy I went to crystal meth."
"At first, with any drug, it's great in the beginning, then slowly your life starts to spiral down. (I was) 90 pounds (41 kilograms) at one point."
Fergie then revealed that 'speaking to God' helped her to beat her demons and she used religion to help stabilise herself once again after a particularly troubling breakdown of paranoia:
"My brain had been playing a lot of tricks on me. You're kind of living in this alternate reality. I started getting really paranoid. So I went one day into this church and I thought that the Fbi (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the Swat (Special Weapons And Tactics) teams were outside the church..."
"So I had a conversation with God... and I said, 'Alright, if I go out there and the Fbi and the Swat team's not out there, then it's the drugs and I'm stopping. I went outside of the church... and there was no Swat team, there was no Fbi, just me and God. And I kept my promise. That day. That was it."
Watch part of her Oprah interview below:
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