Scribe ad­mits ad­dic­tion is­sues are back

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Rap­per Scribe has re­vealed he will spend the next three months in re­hab for ad­dic­tion is­sues, in a mes­sage thank­ing fans for their on­go­ing sup­port.

The mu­si­cian, real name Malo Lua­futu, said his time in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion would be his ‘‘great­est and most hard­est cru­sade ever’’.

The 41-year-old, from Christchurch, posted on In­sta­gram on Sun­day: ‘‘For the next three months I will be in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity with no con­tact with the out­side world, no phones, no com­puter. Ad­dic­tion is a symp­tom, not a choice for me . . . I’ve over­come many tri­als and tribu­la­tions by em­brac­ing the truth, no mat­ter how hu­mil­i­at­ing or shame­ful it may be. I will be back a bet­ter and stronger me to take this world by storm. Thank you to all my sup­port­ers, peace and love. Scribe.’’

Lua­futu has spo­ken in the past about his strug­gles with ad­dic­tion to drugs, al­co­hol and gam­bling.

In 2011, Lua­futu told TV3 he had got clean, af­ter rack­ing up more than $5000 in debt to Christchurch pawn­bro­ker Shane Lil­ley, who had sold sev­eral of the rap­per’s awards – taken as se­cu­rity for a per­sonal loan – on Trade Me.

Scribe said he had be­come in­volved with Lil­ley af­ter his fam­ily ‘‘cut me off from money’’ to stop him liv­ing a lifestyle of drugs, gam­bling and al­co­hol.

The wake-up call came when his girl­friend left for Aus­tralia with their two chil­dren. He said he gave up that lifestyle and ‘‘I got my fam­ily back’’.

‘‘If it wasn’t for my fam­ily and my kids I would still be caught in that rut . . . I’m much wiser, much stronger and I know how to han­dle things bet­ter,’’ he said in 2011.

In 2015, he put his life story on stage in the play The White Gui­tar, which also fea­tured his brother and fa­ther.

The play told the story of Lua­futu’s his­tory with gangs, home­less­ness and abuse.

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