Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fergie reveals she had 'chemically induced psychosis and dementia' during crystal meth addiction

Singer Fergie attends the TrevorLIVE LA, on December 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer Fergie attends the TrevorLIVE LA, on December 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Fergie attends The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)
Fergie Duhamel and Josh Duhamel attend the amfAR Inspiration Gala New York 2014 at The Plaza Hotel on June 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Singer Fergie attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles honoring actress Julia Roberts on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Axl Jack Duhamel, actor Josh Duhamel, and singer Fergie attend Pandora Summer Crush at LA Live on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Pandora Media Inc)
Fergie (L) and Josh Duhamel attend the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala honoring Martin Scorsese and David Hockney presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA)
Fergie attends The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)
Recording artist Fergie (L) and actor Josh Duhamel, both wearing TOM FORD, attends the TOM FORD Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection Presentation at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on February 20, 2015. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tom Ford)
Singer Fergie attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles honoring actress Julia Roberts on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

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Fergie was "hallucinating on a daily basis" during her battle with drugs.

The 'Big Girls Don't Cry' hitmaker admits she was suffering from a "chemically induced psychosis" when she used to take crystal meth.

Singer Fergie attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles honoring actress Julia Roberts on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Singer Fergie attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles honoring actress Julia Roberts on October 13, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

She said: "I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia. 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. I'd just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny."

And the 42-year-old singer - who is now clean of the substances - admits at one point that she thought she was being tracked by the CIA and FBI.

Speaking about how she was convinced that "the CIA, FBI and a SWAT team" were tracking her, so she tried to hide at a church, she added:

"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. I bolted past the altar into a hallway and two people were chasing me. I remember thinking, 'If I walk outside, and the SWAT team's out there, I was right all along.

Fergie (L) and Josh Duhamel attend the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala honoring Martin Scorsese and David Hockney presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA)
Fergie (L) and Josh Duhamel attend the LACMA 2013 Art + Film Gala honoring Martin Scorsese and David Hockney presented by Gucci at LACMA on November 2, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA)

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 any more, 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."

Fergie - who has son Axl, four, with her estranged husband Josh Duhamel - admits there was a time where she found drugs "a hell of a lot of fun" but says that soon ended.

She told iNews: "The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun ... until it wasn't. But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that's my strength, my faith, my hope for something better."

(L-R) Axl Jack Duhamel, actor Josh Duhamel, and singer Fergie attend Pandora Summer Crush at LA Live on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Pandora Media Inc)
(L-R) Axl Jack Duhamel, actor Josh Duhamel, and singer Fergie attend Pandora Summer Crush at LA Live on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Pandora Media Inc)

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