Jessica White was not always the archetypal ‘good girl’, a cocaine OD and an assault charge marring her record, but despite those issues she has stayed positive and counted her blessings to get her through her difficult times.
Her list of plus points includes a starring role in the video for a Kelly Rowland track, the launch of her skincare line, a docu-series which she filmed for Oxygen, and her proudest venture,The Angel Foundation, a philanthropic organization for women.
“I’m living out every girl’s dream,” said the former model on the good progress she was making in life.
The trial for the alleged assault loomed large over her and she was charged with misdemeanor assault, fined $490usd (to cover hospital treatment), spend three days in anger management and told to serve two days community service.
“I never denied getting into an altercation,” said White. “But people painted me to be the bad girl, which was 110 percent false.”
She maintains it was an act of self-defence. “I was flagging a cab, and she came from behind me and pushed me.”
She refutes claims that she started the fight and has video evidence to corroborate her side of the story. “I didn’t strike her until she hit me in the face. I don’t lash out at innocent people.”
White also says that the incident was not a result of her split with Sean Penn and that she in fact detests violence in all its forms. Having been the victim and witness of abusive relationships stretching back to her childhood she prefers to live a peaceful life.
At 14 years of age she was molested by a family member, an ordeal that left her shamed, isolated and physically scarred.
“I had to go through the hurt secretly,” she said on the subject. “I look at modelling as a saviour, because [it allowed me] to leave and travel to Paris and New York when I could finally relax and be out of the abusive environment.”
Paris seemed like the ideal place to start over but she quickly became lonely and desperate which by the age of 17 led her to an even more destructive relationship with cocaine.
By 20 she had overdosed but the harsh reality of drug addiction helped wake her to the truth of things and through that experience she was able to move on.
“I was going to lose everything,” she said. “[I saw my] whole life flash before me. But I was lucky, because I came face to face with evil, and it wasn’t something I liked seeing.”
Her story took a much more positive turn after months of recuperation and she worked hard to mend the bridges she felt she’d burned through overuse of cocaine. She turned to her mother for help and now, free of drugs, sees her as her best friend.
“I truly am living out what true joy and happiness means, I’m in the best place possible.”