Pink Shares Early Mistakes That Nearly Claimed Her Life

During her appearance on 60 Minutes, Pink opened up about her life before fame and how it almost ended before it even started. In the interview, the singer recalled the events of her childhood that almost cost her life after overdosing on drugs at the age of 16. Reflecting on the November 1995 incident, which occurred a few weeks before she signed her first record deal, she shared her story:

“I had a chip on my shoulder. Basically I grew up in a house where everyday, my parents were screaming at each other, throwing things. They hated each other. And then I got into drugs. I was selling drugs. And then I was kicked out of the house. I dropped out of high school. I was off the rails.”

After the incident, the singer put a stop to it, which was the start of her music career with the help of her friends:

“And I remember my friend was standing over me, smacking me across the face. And he was like, ‘Get up. You wanna sing, right?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ He’s like, ‘Get on the microphone.’ So I got up and I sang. And the DJ there took me aside and said, ‘Come back tomorrow, I’ll give you a guest spotlight. But you can never touch drugs again.’ And I never did; I haven’t since.”

After her promise to the DJ, the singer’s first track ‘Just Like A Pill’ was auditioned for record labels.

Pink described her experience with the drugs as a turning point for her. Weeks after she stopped using, she got her first record deal with her R&B girl band, Choice. It has been 28 years since the incident, and she is still sober and hasn’t touched the drugs ever since.

You can watch the interview below.