In the late ’90s, you couldn’t turn on Nickelodeon without seeing star Kel Mitchell in at least one of his many episodes of the hit shows “All That,” “Kenan & Kel,” and in the spin-off film “Good Burger.” As a favorite among his millions of tween and teenage fans, Mitchell was riding high, until the show was canceled and Hollywood stopped calling.
It was then that Mitchell’s life fell apart. His marriage crumbled, and that led to drug and alcohol abuse. In an interview with People, Mitchell described his spiral out of control.
“I felt like I’d hit a wall,” Mitchell said. “I was like, ‘OK. I need to figure out what I need to do in my life.'”
On his personal blog, Mitchell recounted his drug use and suicidal thoughts.
“I have been through so many ups and downs in my life…Suicidal, divorce, drug and alcohol usage, deep in sin, dealing with the lost of love ones to gang violence, debt, hurt, pain, vanity, lust, heartbreak, feeling LOST looking for answers. I have seen, felt and been in all types of sin and have been done wrong by others. I know how you feel,” Mitchell wrote.
Feeling “lost and looking for answers,” the 44-year-old Mitchell shares that he returned to the faith that was instilled in him growing up on the South Side of Chicago as the grandson of a pastor.
“I was trying to figure it all out on my own. But what I needed to do was turn to Him,” he stated. “Once I found…