Chaka Khan learned 'life lessons' through addiction struggles

Chaka Khan has opened up about her experience of drug abuse and alcoholism.



Chaka Khan battled addiction for years
Chaka Khan battled addiction for years

Chaka Khan learned some important "life lessons" through her addiction struggles.

The 71-year-old singer spent years battling drug abuse and alcoholism, and she now views it as a "necessary" life experience.

Chaka told The Independent: "My journey was necessary - it had to happen so I could come out like I am right now.

"I wouldn’t have the depth of feeling I do if I hadn’t gone through the things I went through, you dig?

"There are things I have done in my life I will never do again. Those were my life lessons. And I got the lesson. That’s the important thing. I got it."

Chaka is now determined to live in the present and to not look back with any regrets.

She said: "I’m all about right now, and what’s next, I do not wallow in the mire. And I don’t regret a thing."

Earlier this year, Chaka revealed that she's constantly trying to "fine-tune" her life.

The singer is always tinkering with different things in her life, in an effort to become "more productive and more helpful".

Speaking to the Guardian newspaper, she shared: "I am trying to fine-tune my life, so I am always trying to look at what we can change or fix to be more productive and more helpful.

"I want to be here for a good reason and not to just take up space and breathe in precious air for nothing."

Chaka's career has spanned more than five decades and she's achieved a huge amount of success, winning as many as ten Grammys along the way.

However, the music legend still feels a sense of hopelessness about the world at large.

Asked what makes her feel unhappy, she said: "How hopeless things are looking on this planet. That’s my biggest sorrow. I am mourning the death of this planet already."