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No drugs for me

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Richie Stephens

Drugs do not appeal to everyone. That's just the reality. For every celebrity who gets high from substance abuse, there are countless others who have never given in to the allure.

One such is international recording and performing singer, producer and promoter Richie Stephens. Twenty-seven years as a successful, award-winning singer, the hit-maker still pierces the soul with every note.

He stated that whatever pressure the business may throw at him, he turns to the Almighty for strength and guidance.

"What has happened to a lot of people is that the more successful they become, the more they start to lean on themselves and not the Almighty God, who is the highest power," stated Stephens.

Healthy living addictions

Stephens disclosed that he was also very keen on taking care of his body.

"Exercise and healthy living are my addictions. Just like how some people gravitate to drugs and alcohol, I gravitate to exercise. I've never smoked and when it comes to alcohol, I'm an occasional drinker," he said.

He added, "Look at Whitney Houston, who was blessed with one of the greatest voices in the world. She should have been a fanatic when it came to health, because only that would keep her and make her able to deliver those high notes she was famous for. It's really sad what happened to her; the whole world just watched her kill herself.

"When you get a gift like that, you can't afford to lose it, and once you start to drink and smoke hard and ingest certain substances, your talent is the first thing to go."

DJ Lady G (Janice Fyffe) has seen first-hand the destructive force of substance abuse on fellow entertainers to even go near the stuff. In fact, she said she has never been tempted by the appeal.

"Drugs was never my thing and will never be. Not only that, but I've seen how it has destroyed so many entertainers," she said.

The 25-year veteran and award-winning DJ, who has enjoyed tremendous success across the globe, said she stays grounded and withstands the pressure of the entertainment business through strong family and friends support.

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