TV star Kerri-Anne Kennerley talks about cocaine and domestic violence
Addiction Positivity Sober Tales Oct 09, 2017
TV star Kerri-Anne Kennerley talks about cocaine and domestic violence

Kerri-Anne Kennerley, veteran television personality in Australia, has opened up about her tryst with cocaine during the early days of her career. Speaking to the Channel Seven’s Sunday Night, the Good Morning Australia legend admitted to have enjoyed the drug when she first tried it at a high-profile New York City party in the 1970s.

Replying to a question if she tried it several times, Kerri-Anne admitted to using the drug a few times. She added that her success on local TV took her to New York, where she partied and experimented with cocaine. Cocaine, as Kerri-Anne claimed, “was pretty rife everywhere” at that time. However, she soon realized that the drug was not for her and she should get rid of it. She realized that she should give it up because of its effect on her.

A victim of domestic violence

In her interview, Kerri-Anne also spoke about her ex-husband and New York music producer Jimmy Miller physically abusing her. Miller, as Kerri-Anne claimed, was very abusive and would beat her regularly. In one such incident, she had to spend the night in a hospital. “You just realize that when somebody is 6-2, crazy off their head – doesn’t matter which room you run into, all you do is close your eyes and wait for it to be over, because it’s pointless,” she said while recalling the horrific experience.

Kerri-Anne allegedly was so disgusted of Miller’s repeated bullying and aggression that she aimed a .22 rifle at him and warned him to shoot. Kerri-Anne is now happily married to John Kennerley for 33 years, whom she regarded as her biggest support.

Kerri-Anne has always been a popular television figure since 1967 when she was just 13. She had begun with children shows like – The Channel Niners and Everybody’s In – aired on Brisbane’s QTQ 9. She is also known for breakfast TV program Good Morning Australia that she hosted on Network Ten for 11 years. Kerri-Anne also tried singing. In April 2017, Kerri-Anne was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame, after being nominated for the Gold Logie three times – 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Dealing with cocaine addiction

Nearly 1.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current users of cocaine in 2016, while about 867,000 people in the same age group had a cocaine use disorder in the past year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Cocaine addiction can be treated with timely medical intervention. So it is important to help people battling addiction to cocaine get immediate medical attention. It can help recover faster and lead a normal life.

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