Friday Night Lights Writer Reveals Shopping Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 03/26/13

Buzz Bissinger discloses his half a million dollar habit and says he's "getting help."

Buzz Bissinger is getting help. Photo via

Buzz Bissinger, the writer whose book inspired hit TV show Friday Night Lights, has come out of the closet about a shopping addiction that cost him more than $587,000 over the course of three years. “I own 81 leather jackets, 75 pairs of boots, 41 pairs of leather pants, 32 pairs of haute couture jeans, 10 evening jackets, and 115 pairs of leather gloves,” he reveals in a reflective essay for GQ. His purchases include a $22,000 jacket and $5,000 pants, and Gucci even awarded him an all-expenses-paid trip to Milan's Fashion Week for his excessive patronage. Buzzinger says that his out-of-control spending habits evolved out of his growing need for validation and pleasure. “There was a time earlier in my life when I loved to write, the same feeling of orgasm that I now get with clothing,” he writes. “But in my mid-fifties the words were harder to find, the excuses to [fuck] around more pronounced, the anxiety multiplied that whatever I was working on would never reach the dizzying heights of 'Friday Night Lights.'" He tells NBC that he wrote the essay in order to help others who are coping with addiction and the “damage that can be done by denying who you are.” Disclosing the issue to the public, he adds, “was the only way I knew of coming to terms and getting the help I am now getting.” Since publishing the essay, Bissinger has checked into rehab for undisclosed reasons.

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