Everyone’s “Auntie” Jennifer Lewis who is a fave amongst “Black Hollywood” also is on the hit show on ABC called Black-ish. The stunning actress discusses her former battle with sex addition and bipolar disorder.
Jennifer 60, is very candid in her new book and she recounts the battles she suffered in her younger years. The actress is happier, healthier and grounded now.
Jennifer said ‘We are as sick as our secrets, so I tell everything,’ the actress says, as she details her personal journey in her memoir The Mother of Black Hollywood.
In excerpts of her book, Jennifer talks about her sex addiction and how it kicked in when she moved to New York City and starred in the Broadway productions Eubie! and Comin’ Uptown.
‘Performing on Broadway was a rush,’ she writes. ‘The applause coming over the footlights was like a tsunami in slow motion. The crash after the show, I assure you, is just as intense. Let’s just say that post show I had a sort of habit of sex serving as a nightcap.
‘I was Cleopatra, Pam Grier, Marilyn Monroe, and Jezebel rolled into one. For me, nothing could extend the thrill of a standing ovation like great sex with a gorgeous guy.’
PEOPLE reports that by 1989 the Missouri-born star was self-medicating with alcohol and sex to cope with her undiagnosed bipolar symptoms which were progressively getting worse.
Eventually her therapist Rachel diagnosed her with bipolar disorder.
Jenifer writes: ‘Had she said, “you’re crazy,” I would have agreed. I had been crazy all my life,
‘When she said, ‘mental illness,’ I thought, ‘b****, you crazy.’ I associated mental illness with people who couldn’t function, with straitjackets. I certainly knew what a depressive mood was, but this other ‘manic’ part was new.
‘When Rachel explained the details, I gasped. You mean, there is a name for describing why I talk fast and walk fast and rage, create drama, and speed when I drive a car?
‘Compulsive, you say? The doodling, the braiding and unbraiding my hair? The arguing with people and storming off? Kicking s***, throwing s***? Yeah, okay, I guess all of that describes me.’
Bayyybeee, looks like an interesting read to me!