11:25 AM EDT 02/25/2014
Originally posted 02/08/2014 04:30PM
Jason Wahler is the latest celeb to open up about his battle with substance abuse and addiction in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death.
On Thursday, the former The Hills star, 27, wrote a personal essay for The Huffington Post, in which he explained how he deftly kept his addiction a secret from his friends.
"A few years ago, I would host parties at my house in L.A. where there would be 50-100 people raging out of control. While everyone thought I was enjoying the party as much as they were, little did they know I was secretly going into the master bathroom and snorting as much coke and drinking as much alcohol as I could," Wahler reveals, adding that he became quite adept at keeping secrets.
Originally posted 02/08/2014 12:00PM
In a column filled with fiery criticism, British comedian Russell Brand partly blames drug laws and society's treatment of addiction for the apparent overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Writing in the U.K.'s The Guardian Brand, 38, a recovering addict himself, decries celebrity culture and media seeking to popularize a star's public fall from grace, but argues that drug prohibition and the criminalization of drugs exacerbate the problem.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is a reminder, though, that addiction is indiscriminate. That it is sad, irrational and hard to understand," Brand writes.
Originally posted 01/27/2014 10:50AM
Justin Bieber is going through a very public rough patch as he not-so-successfully juggles worldwide fame with coming of age. But one person who gets it is A.J. McLean, who quit high school to join the Backstreet Boys in the '90s.
Originally posted 01/15/2014 06:00PM
Trace Adkins has checked into rehab after getting into a brawl on a cruise ship.
Originally posted 12/10/2013 07:00PM
Demi Lovato has been very open about the issues that landed her in rehab three years ago, but now reveals shocking details about the extent of her addiction.
The X Factor judge was still a teenager when her problems spiraled out of control, and she reveals in an interview with Access Hollywood that she went to desperate measures to make sure she had drugs with her at all times – even when she was flying around the world on tour.
"I couldn't go 30 minutes to an hour without cocaine and I would bring it on airplanes," the 21-year-old revealed.
Originally posted 12/02/2013 09:00AM
Being a child star means growing up fast, but for Demi Lovato, being her family's breadwinner came with a hefty price, the former Disney star tells Nylon.
Lovato, 21, who ended up in rehab in 2010, admits that since she had grown-up responsibilities, she thought she could act like a grown-up, too.
"My parents tried to control me, but I'd be like, 'Oh really, I'm grounded? Well, I pay the bills,' " she says. "They did the best they could. And I think that's why a lot of young stars struggle when they're making money or providing for their family."
Originally posted 11/27/2013 12:15PM
Has TV chef Nigella Lawson been abusing cocaine, cannabis and prescription pills for more than a decade?
That's what the The Taste judge's two assistants claimed Tuesday in a British court, in an explosive hearing that now seems to be targeting Lawson's character.
A U.K. rep for Lawson, 53, declined to discuss the new reports with PEOPLE, citing he "can't comment during live proceedings." But according to the U.K's Telegraph, the prosecutor on the case told the court, "This is a totally scurrilous account which has been raised by the defense."
Those who work with Lawson agree. Despite the recent accusations, ABC is moving forward with the second season of Lawson's reality show The Taste, which filmed in L.A. this past fall. "The show will air as planned beginning Jan. 2," a rep for the network said.
Originally posted 11/16/2013 08:30PM
In a sign that things may be turning around for Lamar Odom, the troubled NBA star had a two-hour meeting with Los Angeles Clippers management after training with the team on Friday, PEOPLE has confirmed with multiple sources.
The power forward, who was a free agent earlier this year, did not have his contract renewed by the Clippers after a disappointing season. He has also been battling substance abuse issues and marital problems with his wife, Khloé Kardashian.
"He has been talking to them for weeks," a source close to the Kardashian family tells PEOPLE. "He's close to signing. They were definitely apprehensive but Lamar has shown huge improvement over the last few weeks and everyone around him believes he's sober."
Originally posted 09/25/2013 02:30PM
He was an A student in his Arroyo Grande, Calif., high school – a theater kid who hit the big time as the fresh-faced teenaged star of Disney Channel's High School Musical phenomenon. There were no public displays of bad behavior, no drunken arrests or barroom brawls.
But with fame came a partying lifestyle that continued to escalate until Zac Efron quietly sought help in rehab.
"He was partying a lot," says a friend. "It went from bad to worse."
Originally posted 09/25/2013 01:20PM
Nick Carter is coming clean about his issues.
The Backstreet Boy says he hit rock bottom after years of alcohol and drug abuse but has made a dramatic turnaround in his struggle with addiction, even as he continues to work on painful family relationships and cope with the death of his sister last year.
Carter, in an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil, gets candid about his demons, saying he started using marijuana when he was just 15 and then began taking Vicodin and Ecstasy. But in 2008, he was diagnosed with a heart condition, promptly stopping him in his tracks and spurring him to face his problems.
"I made that choice right there and said, 'I do not want to be this person anymore,'" Carter, 33, told Dr. Phil in an episode that aired Monday. "You have to find that moment in your life – that moment of clarity – and say, 'Is this who you want to be the rest of your life, or do you deserve more?' I decided I deserved better."
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