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Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell opens up about past drug use, depression

By Wade Sheridan
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Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell opens up about past drug use, depression
Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell has recently opened up about his past drug use and depression following his rise to fame in the 90s. Photo courtesy of Kel Mitchell/Facebook.

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell recently opened up about his past drug use and depression following his rise to fame in the 90s.

Mitchell, most known for his work on comedy series All That and Kenan & Kel, discussed the hardships he faced after becoming a child star in the latest upcoming issue of People magazine.

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"As a young actor there are ups and downs," the 37-year-old said . "And when you get to that down part, there are times you feel like no on can relate to you. When Britney Spears shaved her head, I understood that."

In 2004, the comedian suffered from depression and turned to drugs after his six-year marriage to Tyisha Hampton ended. "I felt like I'd hit a wall," Mitchell explained. "I was like, 'Okay. I need to figure out what I need to do in my life.'" In a blog post entitled My Testimony, the star went deeper into his mindset during this time admitting that he was "suicidal" and "deep in sin" while dealing with his "divorce, drug and alcohol usage ... the lost of love ones to gang violence, debt, hurt, pain, vanity, lust [and] heartbreak."

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Soon after, Mitchell was able to recover and became a stage manager for a nondenominational church in Los Angeles. "I was trying to figure it all out on my own. But what I needed to do was turn to Him," the actor said of finding religion again. "Once I found that clarity with Christ, I knew everything would work out."

Mitchell has now since returned to Nickelodeon, starring in a new show, Game Shakers. "I enjoy living this life," he said. "I don't let things frustrate or worry me anymore. I don't do that because I have peace in my heart."

Back in September, Mitchell reunited with his All That and Kenan & Kel co-star Kenan Thompson to perform their famous comedy sketch, Good Burger, with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

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