Fergie Details Past Crystal Meth Use: I Hallucinated On A Daily Basis

By Beth Leipholtz 02/20/18

Fergie says her hallucinations got to the point that she thought the CIA, FBI and SWAT teams were keeping tabs on her. 


In a recent interview with iNews, singer-songwriter Fergie discussed her past drug use, specifically her experience using crystal meth. 

“At my lowest point, I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia,” the former Black Eyed Peas singer told iNews. “I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things.”

Fergie stated her hallucinations got to the point that she thought the CIA, FBI and SWAT teams were keeping tabs on her. 

Eventually, she says, she made her way to a church. “They tried to kick me out, because I was moving down the aisles in this crazy way, as I thought there was an infrared camera in the church trying to check for my body,” she recalled during the interview. “I bolted past the altar into a hallway and two people were chasing me.”

Fergie continued, discussing the moment that she decided she no longer wanted to live the way she had been. 

“I remember thinking: ‘If I walk outside, and the SWAT team’s out there, I was right all along. But if they’re not out there, then it’s the drugs making me see things and I’m going to end up in an institution. And if it really is the drugs, I don’t want to live my life like this anymore, anyway.’ I walked out of the church; obviously there was no SWAT team, it was just me in a parking lot. It was a freeing moment.” 

In retrospect, Fergie says she appreciated her journey to her rock bottom, and taking action. 

“The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun… until it wasn’t,” she said. “But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that’s my strength, my faith, my hope for something better.”

This wasn’t the first time Fergie has discussed her history of substance use disorder. According to the Huffington Post, in 2007, she told SELF magazine she spoke to a hamper for eight hours while under the influence. 

Fergie took control of her crystal meth use in 2002. However, according to People, Fergie said in 2010 that she doesn’t consider herself sober because she still drinks wine. 

“For most addicts, they would advise never to have any sort of substance,” she said. “I just have my own journey, and I am very blessed to this day to be alive.”

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Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in her spare time she enjoys writing about recovery at www.lifetobecontinued.com, doing graphic design and spending time with her boyfriend and three dogs. Find Beth on LinkedInInstagram and Twitter.