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Alexander O'Neal admits he's been a drug addict for 30 years: "It happens to the worst and the best of us"In his first interview since Celebrity Big Brother, the soul legend reveals he has been battling his demons ever since finding chart success in the 1980s22:00, 18 JUL 2015Updated15:01, 21 JUL 2015Drug addict: Alexander O'Neal has fought a 30 year battle with drugs (Photo: Stan Kujawa) Get celebs updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWhen he was caught bingeing on cocaine in February, Alexander O'Neal blamed it on the stress of appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.But in his first interview since then, the soul legend reveals he has fought a desperate 30 year struggle with drug and confesses: "It happens to the best of us and the worst of us."Alexander has been battling his demons ever since finding chart success in the 1980s. And now, in a candid account of his hell raising career, the 61 year old singer:Admits he is an addict but won't go to rehab or even say if he is still using. Tells how his three decade habit has damaged his career. Reveals how oakley frames direct he was like "family" to troubled pop star Whitney Houston found dead in the bath after taking cocaine. Hits out at music industry hypocrisy about drug abuse. Alexander says: "I'm an admitted addict. I don't make any bones about my life.Soul legend: Alexander O'Neal has said drug addiction can happen to the worst and best of people"A relapse is part of addiction. When you are an addict of 30 years you're a long term addict, this isn't a Friday night, out on the town, go get a little something and have a good time. This is very methodical."But it's also very private. I didn't go to rehab because I am rehab, I've been to enough rehab to teach that sht."I know that it's you against yourself, it's you against your own morals and values. When you fall, you just got to keep getting up and keep going."But Alexander believes industry bosses have failed to support him in his attempts to put it behind him while lauding other artists with well documented drug issues.He says: "If I'm man enough to say this is one of my demons, surely that's enough? I didn't know the music industry was going to hold me hostage with it though oakley frames discount for the rest of my career, the rest of my life."I didn't know they were never going to allow me to go straight or grow up. Everything I do is based on drugs."Even today it's 30 years on, every time they say something about Alexander O'Neal they say seven good things and one thing about drugs. Everything I do has always got drugs attached."I think about other great artists who used drugs. Like Ozzy Osbourne."He can do anything in the world, and they'll give him another It's because he's Ozzy Osbourne. But I'm held hostage and they put everything I do in jeopardy because of some scrutiny."Alexander meets us in the peaceful grounds of a picturesque Herts hotel, a far cry from the budget chain hotel in London where he was caught on his post CBB drugs binge.He admits now that in between visits to the recording studio, he was indulging his addiction. But he criticises A list stars who use to claim they are sober but are secretly abusing drugs.

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