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Fergie Duhamel is today a successful singer, songwriter, fashion designer and actress, the female vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas, whose debut solo album, The Dutchess in 2006 had five Billboard Hot 100 top singles, three of which went to number one. It’s difficult to imagine only 10 years ago the star was unknown, broke and battling a crystal meth addiction. Her candid honesty about her past struggles and how she survived attests to the strength it takes to overcome hardship and achieve success in recovery.
Despite Fergie’s struggle with crystal meth addiction, she has become a strong and successful woman, who describes changing her attractions for guns and drugs to qualities like integrity and loyalty.
Born Stacy Ann Ferguson to a devout Catholic family; Fergie was a cheerleading, straight- A student and girl scout when she became a child star on ‘Kids Incorporated’ in the mid to late 1980’s. By the 90’s she had joined the female R&B pop group, Wild Orchid, she admits to jumping into the underground club scene and experimenting with ecstasy. This led her to methamphetamine, which she struggled with for a year, disturbed by extreme paranoia and weighing only about 90lbs at her rock bottom.
Fergie has talked about her struggles with drugs over the years, admitting she was so paranoid she would black out the windows to her apartment, and thought the FBI and SWAT teams were following her. Methamphetamine can induce hallucinations, confusion, obsessive-compulsiveness and emotional ups and downs which can make an individual feel they’re on the edge of insanity. While this kind of behavior can lead to psychotic breaks, Fergie says it was turning point for her, when she realized the drug was the cause of her insanity and needed help.
“What got me through it was a lot of therapy, soul searching, discovering why I took the drugs in the first place”
Despite Fergie’s struggle with crystal meth addiction, she has become a strong and successful woman, who describes changing her attractions for guns and drugs to qualities like integrity and loyalty. She now substitutes her addiction for positive and healthy designs which promote high self-esteem and positive self-image. By refusing to be brought down by criticism of her past, she embraces who she is and what she has survived.