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Fergie says she was “hallucinating on a daily basis” while addicted to drugs

ABC/Phil McCartenFergie is getting candid about the “lowest point” in her life. In a new interview with U.K.'s iNews, the singer opens up about her past crystal meth addiction.

“At my lowest point, I was [suffering from] chemically induced psychosis and dementia,” Fergie says. “I was hallucinating on a daily basis. It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things.”

She says the drugs made her so paranoid that she thought the CIA, FBI and a SWAT team were after her. As she depicted in her music video for “A Little Work,” Fergie says at one point she sought refuge in a church.

“They tried to kick me out, because I was moving down the aisles in this crazy way, as I thought there was an infrared camera in the church trying to check for my body,” she recalls. “I bolted past the altar into a hallway and two people were chasing me.”

She adds, “I remember thinking: ‘If I walk outside, and the SWAT team’s out there, I was right all along. But if they’re not out there, then it’s the drugs making me see things and I’m going to end up in an institution. And if it really is the drugs, I don’t want to live my life like this any more, anyway.’”

Fergie says when she walked out of the church obviously there was no SWAT team and it became a “freeing moment” for her.

“The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun…until it wasn’t,” she says. “But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that’s my strength, my faith, my hope for something better.”

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