Gospel star Le’Andria Johnson reveals ‘drinking problem’ that landed her in jail for 30 days

Leonardo BlairFeb 21, 2019 09:49 AM EST

Months after she was axed from the Essence Festival in New Orleans for an expletive-laced critique of the Church and Bishop Marvin Winans, gospel star Le'Andria Johnson revealed that she has been struggling for a long time with a "drinking problem" that was only curbed after a recent 30-day stay in jail and current surveillance through an ankle-monitor.

"It took an ankle bracelet for me to stop drinking ... December 7, that was the last time I had alcohol," Johnson told an audience in a recording of her testimony at the new Met Philly church in Philadelphia which included residents and staff from the Women Walking in Victory Rehabilitation Center.

Johnson, who was dressed in long pants at the event, confessed to the audience that she was wearing the device used to monitor many first-time and nonviolent offenders as she discussed her struggle with alcohol.

"It consumed every part of me. I didn't realize I was drinking Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. I was drinking a lot," she said.

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