A year later, the Canadian crooner told The Guardian newspaper that drugs were ‘a crutch’ for him in the past.
“There were songs on my first record that were seven minutes long, rambling – whatever thoughts I was having when I was under the influence at the time,’ he said. ‘I can’t see myself doing that now.”
Short spoke about his cocaine addiction in a 2014 interview with Access Hollywood that drugs played a role in his firing from the hit show Scandal. A few years later, he told PEOPLE Magazine, “To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol, I think, and that’s a real truth. I think that deserves more looking into. If I want to be truthfully honest, I think dealing with the stress of the situations that I’ve been going through, medicating with anything, I think, is dangerous because it becomes a crutch.”
During a 2017 interview with Wendy Williams, he confirmed his drug addiction, where he confirmed that he was “doing a lot of coke,” during his time on Scandal. He even confirmed that he had an inkling that his former Scandal co-stars knew of his drug problem. In fact, he mentioned that the show’s leading lady, Kerry Washington, confronted him privately on a few occasions, urging him to “pull it together.”
Since his departure, he’s sought treatment and has seemingly kept clean since then.
In 2010, Cudi shared that he began using cocaine just to get through the stress that comes with sudden fame. “I started doing cocaine to get through interviews, ’cause people wanted to know a lot about my personal life and I wasn’t prepared for a 60 Minutes interview every time. Doing bumps I was able to get through the day, but then I would smoke weed to calm me down—it was the only way I could get through the day without people noticing I was doing it,” he said. Just recently, the star opened up about getting help for his struggle with mental health.
In 2016, he revealed in an emotional letter to fans Tuesday that he checked himself into rehab after battling “depression and suicidal urges.” “It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel ashamed,” the rapper wrote on Facebook.
A few years later, in a 2019 Billboard interview, he said that he was reborn during his time at rehab and had a renewed sense of life.