Brooke Shields Confirms Crystal Meth Abuse by Andre Agassi In New Autobiography

By John Lavitt 12/12/14

While Agassi revealed that he tested positive for meth, Shields revealed that his problems with the drug went much further.

In her new autobiography, There Was a Little Girl, actress and model Brooke Shields tells how crystal meth abuse by tennis star Andre Agassi led to the end of their marriage in 1999.

The self-described "most celebrated virgin of our time" revealed her side of the roller-coaster relationship that surprised many in both the entertainment and tennis communities, and Agassi is not the only famous man facing the model’s introspection in the new tome.

Shields recounts the sordid and not so sordid details of many flings and friendships, ranging from chaste times with George Michael and Michael Jackson to dalliances with Liam Neeson and John F. Kennedy Jr. But toward her ex-husband, she was particularly blunt when revealing what she describes as his lies to her about his crystal-meth addiction and resulting difficulties.

As the child of an alcoholic mom, Shields says she understood addiction and wondered why Agassi didn’t reveal his problems before they were married.

"He is a devoted person, sweet and good, but he had this demon, this affliction," she wrote. "I was so unbelievably clueless. To this day, I think to myself, 'My God, Brooke. All you've seen in your life and you couldn't pick this up?' But if you watch these athletes play, they play five, six, seven hours at the highest level and they keep going and going and the regimen surrounding them is so intense that my justification was, I guess you need to blow off steam when you can."

Shields suggested they get couples counseling but he said there wasn't any point and they filed for divorce soon after. Agassi first addressed the issue in a bombshell memoir of his own, Open (2009), which touched upon his descent into drug use. Agassi once told People magazine, "I can't speak to addiction, but a lot of people would say that if you're using anything as an escape, you have a problem.”

Agassi and his now-wife Steffi Graf have not addressed the details presented in the new book by Shields. Given their sense of privacy and desire to protect their family, it's unlikely they will ever do so.

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Growing up in Manhattan as a stutterer, John Lavitt discovered that writing was the best way to express himself when the words would not come. After graduating with honors from Brown University, he lived on the Greek island of Patmos, studying with his mentor, the late American poet Robert Lax. As a writer, John’s published work includes three articles in Chicken Soup For The Soul volumes and poems in multiple poetry journals and compilations. Active in recovery, John has been the Treatment Professional News Editor for The Fix. Since 2015, he has published over 500 articles on the addiction and recovery news website. Today, he lives in Los Angeles, trying his best to be happy and creative. Find John on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.