Gospel singer Marvin Sapp has revealed his history with drugs and alcohol that began when he was just a preteen.
In an interview with Page Six, Sapp, who is releasing his biopic Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story later this week, got candid about his previous cocaine use.
“After my mother and father got divorced I started smoking marijuana daily at the age of twelve,” he shared. “I started drinking and popping pills at the age of sixteen and at eighteen I snorted my first line of cocaine.”
Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sapp said he went through “major struggles” and was often rebellious.
In the new film, the 55-year-old gives fans a deeper look into his personal life, his relationship with the church, and how he became a superstar in the gospel industry.
“I’ve always sung gospel music but [that was] because my mother made us go to church,” he said, “But just because we went to church did not mean the church was in us.”
Adding that he wants his story 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.