Pink’s near-fatal drug overdose at 16 sparked her music career: ‘I was off the rails’

Pink recently celebrated 25 years in the music industry, and she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

The “Never Not Gonna Dance Again” singer took a walk down memory lane during a recent appearance on CBS’ 60 Minutes and discussed everything from the beginning of her career to how she’s able to sing upside down while swinging 100 feet over her audience.

Pink, who said no question was off the table, also recalled one of the lowest points in her life, but said how it led to one of the greatest things in her life.

“I was a punk. I had a mouth. I had a chip on my shoulder,” Pink told Cecilia Vega. “Basically I grew up in a house where every day my parents were screaming at each other, throwing things. They hated each other.”

The 44-year-old explained her attitude led her towards drugs, which eventually got her kicked out of her own home.

Pink was “off the rails.”

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“Thanksgiving of 1995, I was at a rave, and I overdosed. I was on, oh boy — ecstasy, angel dust, crystal, all kinds of things,” Pink explained to Vega. “Then I was out. Done. Too much.”

Following the overdose, she recalled the DJ giving her the opportunity for a performance slot.

“His only caveat was that I couldn’t do drugs, so I didn’t,” she said in 2012.

Four weeks later she found herself auditioning for record labels.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: P!NK performs at BST Hyde Park Festival 2023 at Hyde Park on June 24, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns)

She broke into the music industry with a short-lived R&B girl group before launching her own solo career with “Missundaztood” in 2001.

“That’s the thing with me – once I make up my mind, I’m done,” the “Beautiful Trauma” singer said.

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Pink is one inspiring woman. I think it’s absolutely incredible to hear how she first entered the entertainment industry. Her story may be the motivation some who find themselves in a similar situation need.