Former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced on Sunday he’s entering rehab after he was discovered in a Miami Beach motel room with crystal meth and two other men, one of whom was a gay escort.
Said Gillum in a statement: “After conversation with my family and deep reflection, I have made the decision to seek help, guidance and enter a rehabilitiation facility at this time. This has been a wake-up call for me. Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated. I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person. I now need to firmly focus on myself and my family. I will be stepping down from all public facing roles for the foreseeable future. I want to apologize to my family, friends and the people of Florida who have supported me and put their faith in me over the years. I ask that you respect my and my family’s privacy during this time. Thank you.”