Despite having spent his entire life serving the church, gospel singer Marvin Sapp has admitted that he has a history of using drugs and alcohol.
“After my mother and father got divorced, I started smoking marijuana daily at the age of twelve,” he told Page Six.
“I started drinking and popping pills at the age of sixteen, and at eighteen, I snorted my first line of cocaine.”
During his teen years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the star explained that he had some “major struggles” and “really rebelled” a lot.
He stated that the five friends he experimented with are now either dead or have served long prison sentences.
“One of my friends is an alcoholic now; one of my friends is still strung out on crack,” he said.” One of my friends is in prison for twenty-seven years for second-degree murder, and another one of my friends died about fifteen years because he had a kilo [of drugs on him when he was arrested].”
The movie “Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story” has now been made based on the singer’s life.
“I’ve always sung gospel music but [that was] because my mother made us go to church,” he told us, “But just because we went to church did not mean the church was in us.”
He said he wants the movie “to show… that just because somebody goes to church does not make them perfect. We are all flawed in some shape, form, or fashion. People need to see that because for some strange reason, when they think of Marvin Sapp, people think I walk around with a halo, but they don’t know my story.”
“Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story” premieres Aug. 21 at 9 p.m. ET on TV One.