Stacy Ann Ferguson is an American entertainer who uses the stage name Fergie. She is best-known known as the lead singer for the Black Eyed Peas, an internationally famous hip-hop group. Ferguson is also an actress, fashion designer and television hostess. She was born in 1975 and starred on the children’s television show Kids Incorporated from 1984 to 1989.
Ferguson was also the lead singer for the all-girl pop group Wild Orchid from 1991 to 2001. She joined the Black Eyed peas in 2003 and is still a member of that group. Ferguson also released her debut solo album The Duchess in 2006, which produced three number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ferguson’s most recent concert tour with the Black Eyed Peas was The E.N.D. World Tour from 2009 to 2010. She also launched a fragrance called Outspoken in 2010.
Ferguson’s Drug Problem
Ferguson disclosed in a 2006 interview with Entertainment Weekly that her growing drug problems were part of the reason that she left Wild Orchid in 2001, along with her dissatisfaction over the band’s image. She became addicted to crystal methamphetamine over the next two years and said that quitting crystal meth was more difficult than breaking up with any of her boyfriends (Learn More about Crystal Meth). She added that being a child actor was part of the reason for her addictions since it caused her to suppress her feelings.
Ferguson has also said that she used hypnotherapy to overcome her addiction to crystal meth. She says that it is the only way she is able to relax completely, given her current level of frame. Ferguson is adamant that therapeutic hypnosis bears little relation to the more familiar stage hypnosis. She says that her therapy sessions generally consist of traditional therapy for one hour and hypnotherapy during the last 10 minutes. Her performances have also helped her to stop using drugs, since they provide a productive outlet for her emotions.
A 2010 interview with Glamour magazine reported Ferguson as saying that she is still judged for her drug use even though she hasn’t used drugs in years. She added that she is trying to reduce her sensitivity to criticism, although she still judges her self-worth by what people think about her. Ferguson said that she does not claim to be sober since she still drinks alcohol. She also stated that she is aware that drug addicts are normally advised to abstain from alcohol.
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