The Black Eyed Peas are one of the biggest hip hop music acts in the country but before achieving fame with the group, singer Fergie suffered through many struggles. She admitted recently to Oprah on her show that prior to working with the Black Eyed Peas she engaged in heavy drug use, even becoming addicted to crystal meth at one time. Fergie was eventually able to quit using the drug and finally move on to greater success as a singer. She openly discussed her experiences with drug use, how it began and how she was able to change her life.
Only about a decade ago, Fergie’s life was very different from the fame and fortune she has today. In 2000, she had little money and was working with a singing group called Wild Orchid that did not achieve much success in the music industry.
Fergie longed to quit the group and go solo to reach her personal musical aspirations but felt unable to discuss her dreams and desires with her band mates. She turned to drug use to cope with her frustrations and began her substance abuse by going out with a certain scene that would take ecstasy. Eventually after using ecstasy her need for a greater high led her to try crystal meth, a dangerous and highly addictive drug that made her life spiral out of control.
Hitting Rock Bottom and a Turning Point
When Fergie began using crystal meth, it was not long before she became completely addicted and used the drug on a daily basis. At one point, because of her addiction, she weighed only 90 pounds. Her drug use continued for about a year and eventually she started to experience paranoia and delusions, a common symptom of meth addiction. Because of her drug use she believed that the FBI was following her and tracking her every move.
Her turning point came one day as she sat inside a church and spoke to God. She was convinced that the FBI and SWAT team were outside the church waiting for her to make an arrest. She told God that if she went outside and there was no one there then she would finally quit her drug use. After finding that there was no SWAT team outside and it was all because of her meth addiction, she chose to become sober.
Moving On from Addiction
Fergie expressed gratitude that it was only for a relatively short period of time that she experienced this addiction. She said that in a way she was “lucky” to lose her mind early on because it impelled her to quit after only a year of abuse. The way that she got through her abstinence from drug abuse was attending many therapy sessions.
The therapy allowed her to do a lot of soul searching and figure out what it was in the first place that drove her to use drugs. Understanding her need to suppress feelings as a child actor was one of the revelations that helped her in therapy. To her the key to addiction is discovering the reasons for your behavior and addressing those issues in order to move on.
In spite of a rocky past, Fergie was able to recover from her issues of addiction and not long after cleaning up her act she was able to leave the troubled group Wild Orchid and join the Black Eyed Peas. The group created major hits after she became a permanent member, bringing Fergie into the limelight again and enabling her to eventually release her debut solo album as she had always hoped to do during her tougher times.