I know it’s hard to believe, but Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas has not always been the wholesome and upstanding entertainer you know her as today. She used to do meth, and lots of it!
The reason for this drug use? Not being able to tell her girl group Wild Orchid that she wanted to strike out on her own and record a solo album:
“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.”
Do you hear that, kids? If you don’t throw your bandmates under the bus for your dreams of being the only girl in the band, you could get addicted to drugs!
This put Fergie in a bad way, as meth addiction is well known for causing paranoid delusions. Luckily, she had a good imaginary friend to talk her out of listening to the bad ones:
“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 and the SWAT 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.”
Can we pause for a moment to appreciate the image of meth head Fergie trying to sit still in church? Anyway: hallelujah! If it weren’t for the Lord’s divine intervention, we might never have been blessed with masterpieces like “My Humps” and “Don’t Phunk With My Heart.”