Jhené Aiko Shares Near-Death Experience On Instagram: 'I Saw Blood’
She promised herself no more pills, ever.
Songstress Jhené Aiko opened up about a terrifying ordeal she experienced.
On Thursday, the mother of one wrote a lengthy post on Instagram where she revisited a night she thought she was going to die. During her stay at the Maui Healing Center, the LSD singer said she experienced a pounding headache and eventually found herself on the bathroom floor, throwing up blood.
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“I thought I was going to die. I had just spent the day at the Maui Healing Center 2 days prior and left feeling so renewed, enlightened and like I was on the right path to proper healing,” she wrote in the now-deleted caption. “It was such a good day… but that night after I ate, my head started pounding like never before. so much pain BUT I promised myself… no more pills!! EVER!"
Aiko shared with NPR last year that she's battled an addiction to prescription pills for years.
"Since I was young, I've dealt with addiction. I started taking sleeping pills when I was a pre-teen, and then drinking as a young teenager, then experimenting with drugs and prescription pills as an adult,” she said.
"I found myself on the bathroom floor… throwing up until I saw blood," she continued in the post. "I reached out to a few people I love because I was alone and wasn't sure what to do... but the island time is so different."
The 30-year-old has dealt with a substantial amount of heartache in recent years, from grief to divorce. Back in 2012, Aiko's brother, Miyagi Chilombo, died from cancer. His passing led her to depend on drugs to deal with the pain.
“When my brother passed it got worse, like a dependency. Whenever I was feeling unpleasant feelings, that's what I would turn to,” she said.
In 2016, she filed for divorce from producer Dot Da Genius and formed a relationship with rapper Big Sean. The couple created the duo Twenty 88 and released a self-titled studio album that same year. It’s unclear if the couple is still together, and fans were recently buzzing about Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” video in which she shared a picture with her former boyfriend with the words "could still get it.”
At the end of Aiko's Instagram post, she said she was thankful to be alive after the incident and expressed that it's never too late to get better.
“Never too late to start again, never too late to get better,” she concluded.
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