Flavor Flav celebrates sobriety

Flavor Flav took to Instagram to celebrate another milestone in his sobriety journey.

The legendary Public Enemy rapper and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has successfully stopped smoking cigarettes for three years! 

Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, Jr., shared that he began smoking cigarettes when he was just six years old!

If you’ve ever smoked cigarettes or know someone who has you understand how nicotine will have folks in a chokehold.

In addition to letting go of cigarettes, Flav proudly shared that he is almost three years sober from alcohol and he’s 15+ years sober from drugs. 

Flavor Flav also took a moment to address the media which has used some of his darker moments for headlines and clickbait. 

“Do better and bring up my future,” he wrote. 

Read Flav’s full post below. 


I’ve changed. Today I am 3 years clean from cigarettes that I started smoking when I was just 6 years old. Soon I’ll be 3 years sober from alcohol. And I’ve been 15+ years sober from drugs. I’m proud to share my sobriety journey and Thankx to my friends and family and those who support me.

To everyone out there struggling with addiction, it is a real battle you fight every day. But I’m still here and you know what,,, I DID IT,,, and if I can do it,,, anyone can do it,!!!

To every media outlet that tries to capitalize on my goodwill trending topics and bring up my past or old interviews for sensational click bait headlines,,, do better and bring up my future.

Allow for people to grow and change in a supportive manner and Don’t let anyone hold you to your past, I wear the clock, my clock goes clockwise not counter clockwise,,,

Look forward not backwards.

See Flavor Flav’s original post below. 

This is absolutely amazing news! 

In other awesome Flav news…his beautiful daughter, Shanique Y. Drayton, graduated from college with a Bachelor’s Degree in business and finance.

I pray the Lord blesses and keeps Flavor Flav as he continues his sobriety journey.

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