Belfast Telegraph

Kirstie's cocaine 'insanity'

Kirstie Alley realised she was “dead as a being” when she was taking cocaine.

The 62-year-old actress began taking the illegal drug when she was 25 and although she enjoyed it at first, she soon realised things were spiralling out of control.

The star claims the drug drastically changed her, which was alarming when she realised how much she had altered.

“I did a lot of cocaine. I was crazy,” she told radio host Howard Stern.

“When I did pot, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ll never do this again!’ For some reason, when I did cocaine I was just like, ‘Woooo!’ It made me feel very exterior and I didn’t feel very introverted or anything.

“[After a while] I had a total awareness that I was dead as a being. I could feel that I had smashed my own life force… I wasn’t funny, nutty Kirstie. I was actually insane.”

Kirstie married her high school sweetheart Bob in 1970 but they divorced after seven years. It was that experience which prompted her to start dabbling with cocaine, as she struggled to come to terms which how her life had changed.

“I had heard that cocaine made you peppy and happy and I was sort of depressed because I had gotten a divorce and wrecked everybody’s lives,” she explained. “So I thought, ‘I’m gonna try this.’ I took one snort of cocaine, and I go, ‘Oh my god! I’m gonna do this every day for the rest of my life!’”

At the time Kirstie was living and working in Kansas, which is the only place she has ever taken drugs.

Once she realised how much the drug was affecting her, the star realised she needed help. She decided to be open with her parents about her issue, although they didn’t understand.

“I told them I was totally strung out on cocaine,” she explained. “They’re like, ‘What is that?’ They didn’t know what it was. And then they go, ‘Well OK. So don’t be.’”

Kirstie credits her Scientology religion with helping her get sober.

The actress also slammed Lisa Remini during the interview. Lisa left the controversial religion this year and has since spoken out against it, which Kirstie has taken great exception to.

“I think that is the most repulsive thing that a person can do is attack another person’s faith,” she fumed.

“When you are generalising and when your goal is to malign and to say things about an entire group… when you decide to blanket statement that Scientology is evil, you are my enemy.”

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