Rapper Honey G of X Factor Admits to 'Struggling With Addiction'

By Dorri Olds 11/15/16

The 35-year-old rapper admittedly began using cocaine, mushrooms and ecstasy during her college years. 

Rapper Honey G of 'X Factor' Admits to 'Struggling With Addiction'
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Honey G (née Anna Georgette Gilford), a rapper and contestant of the British reality music competition show X Factor, recently admitted to England’s The Sun in an exclusive interview, “I have struggled with addiction. I have nothing to hide. I did do some Class A drugs like cocaine and I did pills. I did a magic mushroom that I will never do again—that was probably one of the worst experiences.”

On the TV show’s stage, the 35-year-old told Sharon Osbourne, Simon Cowell and the other judges that she’s from “North Weezy,” slang for North West London. What she lacks in dance moves and singing chops, she more than makes up for by exploding with charisma on stage. 

“I’ve always struggled with a weed addiction,” she told The Sun. “I don’t do it much now, only socially from time to time ... I do not do Class A drugs anymore. A pill, a bit of coke, I would not touch that nowadays.”

She has come up against a lot of criticism with some fans of the show who accuse her of being a fake, just planted on the show for amusement. But, she told The Sun, “The thing about me is there is actually a story behind me and my life. It’s not like, ‘Hi I’ve just turned up on X Factor. I’m totally real, hardcore and I have experienced things that are real.”

While some fans are reportedly "outraged" by Honey G's history of addiction, X Factor judge Simon Cowell expressed his support for the dynamic rapper after her addiction admission. “I respect her for the fact she was honest – and 100 percent, if I thought she was condoning it she would not be here now.”

Honey G has been open in the past about having been kidnapped and sexually assaulted during a car-jacking.

In September she told The Sun, “Before I graduated from university, I did have a very bad experience and unfortunately as a result of that my DJ career didn’t survive and then I basically moved into production. Obviously the effect the bad experience had on me—it kind of ruined my confidence, it knocked me and basically it’s affected my whole life.”

The criminal was apprehended and convicted.

Honey G is now enjoying her rapidly growing fan base and will be releasing a video of her latest single over the next few months.

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.