October 1, 2013 8:45

Sky Ferreira on drugs arrest: 'I know I'm not a drug addict'

Singer opens up about recent incident, which saw her charged with possession of ecstasy and resisting arrest

Sky Ferreira on drugs arrest: 'I know I'm not a drug addict'

Photo: Victor Frankowski/NME

Sky Ferreira has discussed her recent arrest on drug charges for the first time.

Ferreira and Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV were arrested in New York on September 13 after being found in possession of heroin and ecstasy. The pair, who are a couple, were driving through the city when police reportedly pulled the car over after seeing the driver commit a number of infractions. Police reports from the arrest reveal that upon pulling the vehicle off the road, they discovered Smith had a "plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin" on him while Ferreira "was found in possession of ecstasy and resisted arrest".

Speaking about the incident for the first time, Ferreira told Billboard that she is not a drug addict and suggested that the police were intentionally targeting her and Smith. "I kind of got fucked with," she says. "And it’s annoying because I wasn’t charged with his heroin. It says it. The public records are out there. I wasn’t charged with it. Trust me, if I was even anywhere near that, they would’ve charged me because they had no problem charging me with other shit. They were out to kind of like fuck with us. I’m scared to say more than that because I don’t want them to arrest us anymore."

Discussing what the arrest has done for her public image, Ferreira responds: "I know for a fact I’m not a drug addict. That’s all I really have to say about it. I know I’m not a drug addict. I’m sorry if it hurt anyone and I’m not trying to promote drugs and it’s not like an image thing whatsoever. Do you think I want people thinking I’m a heroin addict? No. Do you think I want people thinking I’m a drug addict? No. But people have always said I’m a drug addict, just based on the fact that I have dark circles around my eyes— which I’ve had since I was a kid— or because I come across a certain way or dress a certain way. So that’s not something that’s new."

Elsewhere in the interview, Ferreira attacks people who she feels have "mocked" her and Smith following the arrest as well as people she considered friends of hers, who she feels have used the arrest to get publicity for themselves. The singer ends the interview by saying, "I’ve learned a lot from the experience and I feel stronger from it."

In addition to the drugs, Smith was charged with violations for having an unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance, unlicensed driver, and having an inadequate exhaust system. Smith, the frontman in DIIV, was "charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving, all misdemeanors".

DIIV released their debut album 'Oshin' in 2012 while Ferreira is due to release her new album 'Night Time, My Time' in October.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Interpol reveal Paul Banks-directed video for 'Twice As Hard'
Rihanna says 'Fuck you' to CBS over use of 'Run This Town' following NFL...
Cat Stevens to tour for first time since 1976
Run The Jewels fans set up Kickstarter campaign to get new album remixed by cats
Paul McCartney to release expanded edition of 'New' including unreleased tracks
September 23 declared David Bowie Day in Chicago
Kasabian's Tom Meighan: 'I'll be buying the new Aphex Twin album the second it...
Royal Blood's Ben Thatcher denounces 'rock 'n' roll' behaviour:...
Serge says next Kasabian album will be heavy and 'bombastic'
Sharon Osbourne to U2: 'You give your mediocre music away because no one wants to buy it'
Footage emerges of Foo Fighters playing instrumental version of new song 'Outside' -...
Frank Ocean recording new album with Hit-Boy and Rodney Jerkins
Entertainment Retailers Association call U2's album giveaway 'as damaging as piracy'
Sky Ferreira compares her collaborative track with Charli XCX to Tatu
Neil Young shares live recording of new song 'Who's Gonna Stand Up' - listen
Oscar-winning musician Hans Zimmer announces first ever UK shows
Hookworms reveal new song 'On Leaving' – listen
Kanye West tells media to 'pick a new target' during Brisbane gig
Crystal Fighters plan charity foundation in honour of late drummer Andrea Marongiu
Aphex Twin to host 'Syro' listening parties in UK record shops
Lana Del Rey pulls two further performances due to illness
O2 Priority Tickets available for Paloma Faith, Cat Stevens and more

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today