‘I Hate Being Sober’: Lee Daniels Tells How Patti Helped Him Beat Drug Habit & Discusses Cancellation

Posted On : June 12, 2019

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Lee Daniels has been open about his struggles with substance abuse in the past. He mentioned crack cocaine being his drug of choice, relaying a story about a time when he was high as hell and decided to call legendary singer, Patti LaBelle. After she asked him “Do you know Jesus?,” he recalls “I said a prayer, and I think that was the end of my drugs.”:

“I wanted my life, you know? Bob Fosse was a real hero of mine, and I watched All That Jazz over and over again. I remember watching that film and calling Patti LaBelle early in the morning that night, a little high. Not a little high, a lot high. And she asked, “Do you know Jesus?” I said a prayer, and I think that was the end of my drugs.”

He also mentioned that he drank heavily, because of the fear his Father instilled in him, due to his sexuality. And although Daniels admits he’s been through many storms, he’s not miserable at all…just sober:

“I’m angsty and I’m sober, so that is really weird to be going to the Met Ball and to other social activities not intoxicated. I hate f****** being sober. It’s a bore. It’s a f******* snooze.”

Check out the rest of Daniels’ eye-opening interview here.