Posted: 9:17 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
By Sarah Crow
Being the child of a celebrity may seem like a charmed life, but for Olivia Newton-John’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, the pressure of the spotlight became too much to handle.
Chloe, a singer and actress, opened up to Women’s Day (via RadarOnline) about how living in the shadow of her famous mother triggered devastating self-esteem issues that contributed to years of hardcore substance abuse.
“Telling your mum you have a problem with alcohol and cocaine is not easy,” revealed Chloe. “I was using most days and nights. And not only was I doing coke, I was drinking vodka heavily also. I had to combine the two.”
Chloe, who had previously struggled with anorexia, added, “I was so out of it during this time I don’t even remember waking up most mornings. I’m honestly surprised I did not have a heart attack.”
Despite an attempt to get clean in 2011, Chloe wasn’t able to kick her habit. “Before long I was using again and was trying to hide it from [fiance] James [Driskill] because I was terrified he would leave me.”
It wasn’t until her family brought Dr. Drew into the mix that Chloe was able to get serious about her sobriety. The former Celebrity Rehab host helped Chloe get into a treatment program, followed by sober living, both of which have enabled her to stay on the straight and narrow and mend fences with her family.
“I honestly felt that for the first time in my life there was hope,” said Chloe. “I am really proud of how far I’ve come.”