Chaka Khan filled her nostrils with dragon chasing-dust and coke for years and she eventually beat her addiction to the bad shit. But now Chaka Khan is trying to kick another addiction. Chaka’s glorious lion mane is full of secrets and glamour, and up until recently, she says it was also full of painkillers. Chaka has cleared her touring schedule, because she realized that she needs to deal with her health. When Chaka’s longtime friend Prince became a puckering purple star in the sky, she realized that she needs to get herself together.
The Associated Press says that both 63-year-old Chaka Khan (born name: Yvette Marie Stevens) and her 61-year-old singer sister Taka Boom (born name: Yvonne Stevens) are addicted to the same painkiller that led to Prince’s death. Prince died of a Fentanyl overdose. Chaka and Taka decided to both fight their painkiller addiction together and so they’ve checked into an “intensive rehabilitation and aftercare program.” As Chaka’s Fentanyl supplier packed up their office, changed their name and ran out of the country to avoid a possible investigation, she gave this statement to the AP:
“Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer. However, it’s vital that I put my health and well-being first. I know that I am disappointing some of my fans, but I also know they would want me to recover and be well and healthy.
[My sister and I] agreed we would take this journey together and support each other through the recovery. The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities. We knew it was time to take action to save our lives. My sister and I would like to thank everyone for their support, love and prayers.”
Good for Chaka and Taka (Side note: My fingertips get the tingles every time I type those names together), but they must be really, really close to do rehab together. I mean, my sister and I are really, really close too, but my brain can’t even wrap itself around the idea of spending weeks with my sister in the same building where we’d spill out our feeling while 100% sober. That would lead to us sharing a padded room together after having a brother/sister nervous breakdown.
And here’s Chaka greeting her loyal subjects at LAX back in May:
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