Pink: From Teenage Clubbing to Video Vanguard


Pink Has Never Been Anything But Strong

By Staff Writer

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The standard rock star story follows a familiar timeline: struggle, followed by success, followed by fame, followed by poor choices and raucous behavior, followed by collapse. Rinse and repeat. But Pink, who received a Video Vanguard Award from MTV at last weekend’s Video Music Awards, has never been one to follow a script.

Before she ever burst onto the scene in 2001, Pink had already lived a lifetime’s worth of both struggle and bad behavior. Struggling in the mid-90s to deal with her parent’s divorce, the teenaged Pink was a party-hopping, drug-dealing club kid, occasionally cooking drugs in her own home. Eventually, unable to find any other way to deal with her use of ecstasy, meth, and acid, Pink’s mother threw her out. Even that drastic step didn’t cause the young singer to drop her habits.

However, two things soon happened almost simultaneously that would. In 1995, Pink nearly overdosed; years later, she would tell Shape magazine “it wasn’t to the point of going to the hospital, but I remember getting up off the floor in the morning, and that was the last time I ever touched a drug again.”

In a coincidence that borders on divine intervention, that day also featured a crucial moment that would change Pink’s life. She had the opportunity to sing in a local club that evening—and the DJ in charge of the show only had one requirement: “His only caveat was that I couldn’t do drugs, so I didn’t [anymore].” That evening led to performing in a group, which led to a record deal and an offer to go solo. She never looked back.  It takes a phenomenal amount of willpower to quit cold turkey, but it seems Pink possesses the ability; she never touched drugs again.

Pink still deals with her vices through music; in 2008, she wrote and recorded “Sober,” a song that deals with the very human tendency to numb pains and doubts through any means available. She came up with the song’s refrain during a party at her own home; she didn’t really want to be there, and she didn’t really want her guests around, and just kept asking herself “How do I feel this good sober?”

That line turned into a powerful song that made it to #15 on the Billboard Hot 100—at this point in her career, that’s real estate Pink is used to inhabiting.