Â Songstress Fergie, of the Black Eyed Peas, said in a recent interview that being a child star contributed to her drug addiction.
Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ferguson, starred in the 1980s television show, â€œKids Incorporated,â€ from 1984 to 1990.Â She was also a member of an all-girls group, Wild Orchid, before hitting it big with the Black Eyed Peas.
Fergie has been open about her past drug use, which she said started with ecstasy and then led to a crystal meth addiction.Â In a recent interview with Britain’s Times newspaper,Â she blamed some of her past troubles on having been a child star. Â Â
â€œDefinitely. What happens when youâ€™re a child professional is that you have to be, well, professional. Youâ€™re taught not to have tantrums, to always people-please,â€ she told Britainâ€™s Times newspaper. â€œThatâ€™s part of how I got into [drugs] later.â€
The singer said publicists sometimes get mad at her for talking about her past drug use, but she doesnâ€™t care.
â€œFor me, itâ€™s something I went through,â€ said Fergie. â€œItâ€™s an epidemic, and itâ€™s important to talk about it because itâ€™s a very, very hard thing to stop.â€
Life appears to be good these days for Fergie with her music success (solo and with the Black Eyed Peas), marriage to actor Josh Duhamel, and a role in the upcoming movie, â€œNine.â€Â However, she said she still needs to develop a â€œthicker skinâ€ when it comes to the tabloid press.
â€œI like to be aware of peopleâ€™s perceptions of me, but when you put it as a priority, as a means to judging your worth, thatâ€™s when it can be dangerous,â€ she said in the report.