Meek Mill Comes Clean About Addiction, Reveals Why He Suffered In Silence For So Long
Meek Mill prison stint may be behind him now, but it’s not an experience he’ll forget anytime soon. While prison might seem unimaginable to some people, unfortunately, it was a daunting reality that lasted five long months for Meek. Now, he’s speaking out about the experience admitting how bad it really was. The Philadelphia rapper is also opening up about personal battles he was forced to deal with while behind bars.
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For those who missed it, Meek – whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams recently sat down for an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt. During the intense discussion, Meek spoke about the flawed criminal justice system that’s haunted him since he was a teenager. Although Meek put forth an effort to avoid run-ins with the law and managed to stay out of trouble for quite some time, his situation proves past mistakes can follow an African-American man forever. During the interview, Meek revealed just how shell-shocking his prison stint was. He admitted he hasn’t slept since he was released.
“Have you slept since you got out of prison?” Holt asked Mill.
“No, I haven’t slept one minute since I’ve been out of prison,” the rapper replied. “It’s actually, like, a culture shock, comin’ from a small cell back into the real world.”
The day Meek Mill was released from prison, his life immediately jumped back on the fast track. For those who missed the headlines about his release, Meek went from prison straight to the Philadelphia 76ers game. In fact, Meek’s friend, Michael Rubin, co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, posted to Instagram after picking him from prison. He admitted the rapid change of scenery still doesn’t “feel real” because it all happened so fast. “It don’t even feel real,” he told Holt. “It felt like a dream come true just to exit that way and get back to life so quick. It was fast for me. It was overwhelming but it was nothing but love and support,” he said.
Meek Mill’s latest interview follows his confession about his addiction to opioids. According to TMZ, Meek also explained why he silently battled addiction. Although the criminal justice system should be one that promotes reform, Meek expressed apprehension about sharing his secret with his probation officer. Instead of getting the help needed to kick the habit, Meek would have been faced with the possibility of being thrown behind bars for several years. “At one point in my life, I was actually addicted to opioids,” he revealed. “I think it should be a line drawn where you have a drug problem where you’re scared to tell your probation officer you have a drug problem because you don’t want to be sent to prison for years.”
However, Meek ended up being one of the lucky ones because his probation offered opted to help the situation instead of making it worse. The rapper’s probation offer ultimately put him in a rehabilitation program and Meek has expressed gratitude for the help he’s received. But unfortunately, there are many others who aren’t as lucky. Meek hopes to share light on those unfavorable possibilities in order to help others.
Meek’ experience has sparked a media firestorm reigniting the heated debate about the flawed criminal justice system and how it relates to African American offenders. Hopefully Meek’s situation leads to some type of reform.