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Columbus Short had a very interesting 2014, and by interesting, we mean out of control.

series of bizarre behavior throughout the year, from getting into a domestic dispute with his now ex-wife on Valentine’s Day, to being charged with battery at a restaurant after a brawl, led to Short’s early departure from his role in the hit show Scandal.

In a new interview with Access Hollywood Live, the Stomp The Yard actor revealed that he was struggling with drugs as he was dealing with all the drama.

He told the outlet:

“I’ll be candid: I was struggling with drugs,” Short, 32, admitted. “I had a lot on my plate, and you know, I was using unhealthy ways to kind of self-medicate and deal with a lot of heavy duty stuff in my life… I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot, and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule a day, and a family, and I just lost myself back then.”

Despite being kicked off the popular series, Columbus did reveal that the cast and crew tried to help him with his drug problem:

“And if we’re going to be fully transparent, they protected me and they held me down,” he said. “And that was one of the real reasons – they just wanted me to get my stuff together. Sometimes the bottom has to be dropped out for you to really get it. So I moved to Atlanta. I’ve been living there for the last five months, five-and-a-half months, and it’s just been great. It’s been life-changing.”

We’re glad Columbus is in a much better place at this point in time.

SOURCE: Access Hollywood Live | PHOTO CREDIT: WENN

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