"It was a hell of a lot of fun… until it wasn’t"
Fergie has opened up on her past drug addiction, revealing it was once so bad she was “hallucinating on a daily basis.”
The former Black Eyed Peas star has previously detailed extensive addiction problems with drugs ranging from ecstasy to crystal meth. She has now reportedly been clean for 18 years.
In a new interview with iNews, the singer has detailed the impact her use of crystal meth had on her daily life.
“I was [suffering from] chemically-induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating on a daily basis,” Fergie says of her drug abuse. “It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I’d just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny.”
“The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun… until it wasn’t. But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that’s my strength, my faith, my hope for something better,” she said.
The singer – real name Stacy Ferguson – joined the group in 2002 for their ‘Elephunk’ album and sang on most of their biggest hits, including ‘Boom Boom Pow’, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ and ‘My Humps’.
However, she has not performed live with the group since their Coachella sets in 2015. Confirming that she is no longer part of the Peas, will.i.am told Ahlan!: “Since the beginning of Black Eyed Peas, we’ve always had amazing vocalists that appeared on the mic with us. People like Macy Gray, Esthero, Debi Nova, Fergie.
“On ‘Elephunk’, there were several females that appeared on that album,” he continued. “Obviously Fergie was the featured female, but on songs like ‘Lets Get It Started’, it’s Noelle (Scaggs), and then Fergie, songs like ‘Latin Girls’, it’s Debi Nova, and ‘Request Line’, it’s Macy Gray. We’ll always work with good females.”