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Columbus Short has had his share of troubles lately. A spousal battery charge, allegations of aggravated assault in March, a lawsuit, a contentious divorce and an arrest for public intoxication last weekend. He gave an exclusive interview to Access Hollywood detailing his issues and how he plans to move forward. Sometimes we look at people and assume they have it all together and are perfectly happy. Columbus is handsome, successful, has a beautiful wife and family, but he too has demons. I suspected drugs awhile back and he’s finally admitted that he had an issue with both drinking and drugs in the past. By admitting his problems, he can truly begin healing. Message!
On Being Fired From Scandal:
“They did not throw me to the curb like trash – that’s my family. They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me – from Shonda to the craft service. We are family. I think at a certain point, when you’re getting a barrage of these stories, after stories, after stories, ABC, justifiably, would want to distance themselves, because if you want to look at it and you’re approaching this like it’s a presidential campaign, I lost sponsorships, I lost a lot of things due to these ugly stories,” he continued. “Whether they’re true or not, the allegations just put an ugly, nasty taste in people’s mouths and that’s the unfair part that I’ve had to weather.”
On Understanding Why He Was Fired:
“We’re in a season of moving forward and ‘Scandal’ is my family, ABC is my family, they did the right thing. It takes time to rebuild and you know, it’s gonna be in my actions. It’s all in my actions and directors will see [it] in my actions, producers will see [it] in my actions.”
On If He Has A Drinking Problem:
To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol, I think, and that’s a real truth. I think that deserves some more looking into, if I want to be truthfully honest. I think dealing with the stress of the situations that I’ve been going through, medicating with anything is dangerous, because it becomes a crutch, but it doesn’t change it, the situation. And so, that’s what’s the funny part – I’m in a season where that’s not a part of my life, alcohol, drugs, those kind of things aren’t around me, aren’t in my life, but… in the past, it was a definitely a struggle for me.”
On Covering Up His Pain With Alcohol:
“I hate being drunk. I like to have control of my memories, so you know, that was a struggle. But you do funny things to kind of cover up pain, but that’s about growth and that’s where growth comes in as a man and… finding the right tools and how to deal with things where you don’t need things like that, you don’t need alcohol.”
On Getting Back On Track:
“What I refuse to do is lay down, and I’m not about doing a lot of talking right now, I’m about doing the work. I’m in the studio for hours and working on my album, I go from the studio, I’m writing, I’m producing right now, I have a couple of movies that I’m trying to produce. I don’t stop and I will not stop – that’s just plain and simple. We’re all warriors, but I’m a warrior and I was wounded but I’m back in the battle. I’m ready to go.” Source
He ended the interview with “We’re all warriors, but I’m a warrior and I was wounded but I’m back in the battle, I’m ready to go.” Fight on Columbus!
Did you know he started off as a dancer for Britney Spears? I have been a fan of his since You Got Served. Ya’ll remember this?