AceShowbiz - Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum announced on Sunday, March 15 that he's entering a rehabilitation facility following headlines-making scandal involving alleged meth usage and gay orgy. Gillum revealed in a statement that he made the decision because he wanted to treat his alcohol abuse which was led by depression.
"Since my race for governor ended, I fell into a depression that has led to alcohol abuse. I witnessed my father suffer from alcoholism and I know the damaging effects it can have when untreated," the 40-year-old Democrate, who narrowly lost the 2018 Florida governors race, shared.
Gillum, who was mayor of Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, from 2014 to 2018, went on to add, "I also know that alcoholism is often a symptom of deeper struggles. I am committed to doing the personal work to heal fully and show up in the world as a more complete person."
This arrived after he was caught in a meth gay orgy incident on Friday, March 13 in Miami after the Miami Beach Fire Rescue workers received a call about a possible overdose at a hotel on West Avenue with two other men, Aldo Mejias and Travis Dyson. Police allegedly noted that one of them was overdosed on crystal meth as police found them semi-nude and disoriented.
After the news first broke, Gillum was quick to release a statement in which he denied using meth. Gillum, who is married with three kids, explained, "I was in Miami last night for a wedding celebration when first responders were called to assist one of my friends. While I had too much to drink, I want to be clear that I have never used methamphetamines."
He added, "I apologize to the people of Florida for the distraction this has caused our movement. I'm thankful to the incredible Miami Beach EMS team for their efforts. I will spend the next few weeks with my family and appreciate privacy during this time."
Candace Owens, a conservative columnist who first broke the story on Twitter, recently shared that police found "blood" and "feces" on the bed. "UPDATE to @AndrewGillum story: My source says Andrew was NOT fully naked but his 'friend' (gay male escort from 'Rent Men' website) was. Sex was suspected b/t the two bc there was blood & feces on the bed. Yes--police were wearing body cams to this footage will come out," she tweeted.