When Eve‘s career floundered in the mid-2000s, she turned to drugs and alcohol to cope.
“At a time in my life, at a point in my life, I’d gone through … a dark hole,” the 39-year-old rapper revealed on “The Talk” while candidly discussing Willow Smith‘s recent reveal that fame drove her to self-harm.
“I call it my ‘dark hole’ period, my dark period… I was out of a toxic relationship, I didn’t have the TV show, I didn’t have a record deal.”
Eve’s eponymous sitcom on UPN lasted three seasons before being axed in 2006.
“I was just kinda like, what is happening with my life. So I started drinking, a lot,” she recalled. “I didn’t want to deal with my emotions, I didn’t have anybody to really talk to. I was even popping Xanax and drinking to numb my pain. And at the time, while I was in it, I didn’t see that I was harming myself. I just felt like I was coping but I really wasn’t. You know, you think of harming yourself as cutting or something, but drinking and drugs is exactly the same thing.”
It wasn’t until she crashed her Maserati and was arrested on drunk driving charges in 2007 that she changed her life. Billboard reported at the time she pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to wearing an alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet for 45 days.
Eve told her fellow “Talk” co-hosts she didn’t want to wear the monitor because it would force her to face her behavior. “Thankfully I did and was able to get healthy,” she said. “I prayed myself through it. I finally started figuring out the things that I needed to do to make myself healthy.”
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