Jessica White may not always have been the archetypal good girl, with a cocaine OD and a pending assault charge on her record, but despite those issues she’s counting her blessings and looking at life in a positive way.
Her current list of plus points includes a starring role in the video for Kelly Rowland’s latest musical offering, the upcoming launch of her skincare line, a docu-series which she’s currently filming for Oxygen, and her proudest venture, The Angel Foundation, a women’s philanthropic organization.
Right now she’s happy with the way her life is going, “I’m living out every girl’s dream,” says the former model.
The trial for the alleged assault still looms large over her and opening statements are penned for May, but the 26 year-old former model is stoic about her involvement in the altercation.
“I never denied getting into an altercation,” says 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 backlash from her split with Sean Penn and that she in fact abhors 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, harmonious life.
At the age of 14 she was subjected to molestation by a family member, and not only did she have to deal with the hurt and shame alone but was left scarred by the incident.
“I had to go through the hurt secretly,” she said on the matter. “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.”
Although Paris seemed like the ideal place to start over she quickly became lonely and desperate which by the age of 17 led her to an even more destructive relationship with cocaine.
By the age of 20 she had overdosed but the harsh reality of drug addiction helped her see the truth of things and through that experience she was able to move on.
“I was going to lose everything,” she offered. “[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 a few months 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.”
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