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Prince's death prompts Debbie Gibson to speak up about past prescription drug use

Debbie Gibson has admitted to

Debbie Gibson has admitted to "self medicating" with prescription drugs after learning of Prince's alleged prescription drug-related death. Photo Credit: Getty Images for Relativity Media / Frazer Harrison

Even in Prince's death, he still continues to inspire.

After learning of his alleged prescription drug-related death, Long Islander Debbie Gibson made a shocking revelation in an “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” clip.

She says she found herself "self medicating" in an unhealthy way with prescription drugs.

“Starting so young in the business came with many challenges, and how I dealt with those challenges might surprise people, and I really feel like I haven’t fully articulated it until now and really spoken candidly until now,” Gibson said. 

“When I heard the news about Prince and the fact that it might have been prescription drug related, I really had a moment … I can relate and unfortunately 90% of the entertainment community can relate and it’s a matter of time before someone is next if people don’t talk about this and address themselves honestly and make some changes,” she added.

Gibson went on to say how simple it is to get caught up in misuse of prescription drugs, especially as an entertainer. She recalled during her younger years on the road when she would make her "own cocktail of Tylenol PM and Xanax."

"The creative mind is like always going and you have to be up at these weird hours... so you find yourself self-medicating," she said.

Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21. He was 57.


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