Former teen pop star Debbie Gibson is speaking out about her own drug use in the past, amid rumors that Prince may have died from an overdose.
“I really feel like I haven’t fully articulated it till now and really spoke candidly till now… I’m kind of, like, coming clean about all that at this point,” she told “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”
“When I heard the news about Prince and the fact that it might have been prescription drug-related, I really had a moment of, like, ‘That’s awful and that’s sad — and I can relate,’” she explained. “And, unfortunately, 90 percent of the entertainment community can relate.”
Debbie said she had her own drug cocktail of choice when she was on the road. “I remember being on the road at, like, 25, touring with theater and doing my own cocktail of Tylenol PM and Xanax. It’s like, ‘Oh, I found a way to make the Xanax last longer with the Tylenol PM,’” she said. “I mean, it’s as simple as that, and that is how performers get in so much trouble.”
She also issued this warning, “It’s a matter of time before someone’s next, if people don’t talk about this and address themselves honestly.”