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Gospel singer Marvin Sapp says he used cocaine and was a heavy drinker

Gospel star Marvin Sapp has revealed that despite his lifelong devotion to the church, he has a history of drug and alcohol use.

"I started smoking marijuana daily when she was 12 after my mother and father divorced," the preacher and singer told his Page Six. .

"I started drinking when I was 16 and started smoking cocaine for the first time when I was 18." “I really rebelled” as a teenager in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

And he said that five of his companions, with whom he experimented with alcohol and drugs, are now all dead or serving lengthy prison sentences.

"One of my friends he's an alcoholic now. One of my friends he's still cracking up," he said. "One of my friends has been in prison for 27 years for second-degree murder, and another friend died in about 15 years because [he was in possession of a kilo of drugs when he was arrested].

Marvin Sapp singing on stage in a navy blue suit.
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The singer's life story has been made into a movie. Done: The Story of Marvin Sapp.

"I've always sung gospel music [because] my mother sent us to church," he said.

He said in the film, "To show that you're not a perfect person just because you've been to church....we're all flawed in some way, shape, or fashion." .When you think of Marvin Sapp, for some strange reason people think I walk around with a halo, but they don't know my story." 30} Marvin Sapp at the Grammy's in navy blue plaid suit on the red carpet.


A father of three, he married childhood friend and manager Malinda Prince Sapp in 1992. Did. But in 2010, she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and she passed away.

But he now says he is ready to remarry.

He said, "I am married again. I am a better man to be married than when I was single." "I've been single for the past 12 years. Marriage is great for me."

He adds: His daughter has a boyfriend. My baby girl got a man and I was like, "I don't want to be left behind. I want to find someone too so we can all boo together."

"It Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story" premieres on August 21 at 9:00 pm. ET of TV One.