Scribe admits addiction issues are back
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.