Angelina Jolie is a now respected humanitarian and devoted mom, but her harrowing drug past has come back to haunt her in a newly surfaced video.
Jolie, who has been open about her early drug addiction, was addicted to heroin and cocaine, said her former drug dealer.
“Angie was a client of mine for several years,” Frank Meyer told the National Enquirer. “I sold her heroin and cocaine. One day she called me up and wanted me to drop by her place. That was her way of felling me she wanted me to bring her drugs.”
Angelina reportedly bought drugs from Meyer regularly during her early 20s, when she lived in New York. At the time, Meyer filmed a 16-minute video of Jolie getting high on drugs and discussing her sex secrets, and has cashed it on it by selling it to the National Enquirer.
In July 2010, Meyer sold unauthorized photos to Star magazine of a young Angelina reportedly high on heroin, posing in grainy S&M-type photos with tape on her nipples and lying on her back with a dog leash around her neck.
‘I Was Lucky I Didn’t Die From Drug Abuse’
Among the revelations Angelina made in the new video was that former husband Billy Bob Thornton was hung “like a horse.” More importantly, Meyer said an anorexic-looking Jolie had needle marks all over her arms and appeared to be in a drug-addled haze.
These revelations, while shocking, are not surprising, as Angelina has owned up to her drug past. In 2011, Jolie admitted she had experimented with drugs, alcohol and self-mutilation to cope with her existential emptiness.
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them,” Jolie told 60 Minutes. “I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things.”
Angelina said she was self-destructive during her teens and early 20s, experimenting with drugs and going through bouts of severe depression, because she had no purpose in life. “I knew little about the world and I was completely self-absorbed,” said Jolie.
Felt Aimless Because Life Had No Purpose
Angelina has also openly spoken of her teenage self-loathing, which led to cutting herself with knives, her fascination with death (and even considered a career as a funeral director), thoughts of suicide, and undefined feelings of frustration.
I used to think I was unstable, because I had this thirst for something. I could never figure out what it was. I couldn’t sleep at night, and I always wanted to be somewhere else, and I have a window tattooed, this little box, and it’s because wherever I was, I wanted to be somewhere else. And I always saw myself — wherever I was in life — staring out the window.”
Things changed in 2001, when Jolie was named the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Since then, she has visited UNHCR refugee operations all over the world.
The experience completely changed her outlook and gave her a sense of purpose, which was to use her celebrity to help others. “I’ve become a better human being,” Jolie has said. “I’ve learned the strength of the human spirit.”
Angelina discussed how her U.N. work transformed her outlook on life in her memoir, Notes from My Travels.