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Chaka Khan Shares Her Thoughts On Bobbi Kristina And Drug Addiction

Recording artist Chaka Khan attends Angel Ball 2013 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artist Chaka Khan attends Angel Ball 2013 on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Since Bobbi Kristina Brown was placed in a medically induced coma on Jan. 31, a number of family and friends have publicly expressed their support for the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.

Chaka Khan recently shared her thoughts on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition during an interview with London newspaper the Daily Mirror, where she opened up about communicating with the Brown-Houston family.

“I’ve been in conversation with the family. Everyone’s devastated, everyone. I love Bobbi Kristina, I love Whitney, I love Bobby Brown. I love Cissy -- I love them all," she said, referring to Houston's mother. "But we just have to wait for what happens next. All I want to do is be there for them. I just need to pray ... Whitney would be devastated. I wish she was here.”

“You really don’t know what this is like for a mother until it happens to you," Khan continued. "I think I’m pretty close to feeling what she would have felt and what she’s feeling right now, wherever she is.”

Over the course of Brown’s hospitalization, numerous reports have speculated that drug use was responsible for the 22-year-old being discovered facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water. The legendary funk-R&B legend recalled her very own past public bout with drug addiction, and the important steps she took to win her battle.

“I call myself an ex-addict. For years I was having fun and it all made fun more fun for me. But life changes,” she explained. “As entertainers, we are highly sensitive people and there’s no way things can’t get to you. But you have to find ways to protect yourself from that crap. I’ve cut back on a lot of friends because they’ve got problems. You have to hand-pick your situations.”

Prior to her most recent admission, the 10-time Grammy Award-winning singer revealed to the Daily Mail her near-death experience following an excessive cocaine binge during recording sessions with funk band Rufus. The traumatizing experience ultimately led to depression and Khan collapsing in the home of her ex-husband Richard Holland.

“I was having trouble getting any sleep and I was very depressed,” she said. “I came back home one morning and took a heavy-duty sleeping pill. It didn’t work so I took another one. The next thing I know, I’m in an ambulance, getting my stomach pumped, and they told me that I nearly died.”

Check out more of Chaka Khan’s Daily Mirror interview here.

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