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Angelina Jolie's seedy drug past resurfaces: Battled cocaine, heroin addictions

Angelina Jolie past drug addiction revealed: Was addicted to heroin and cocaine
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Angelina Jolie is a now respected U.N. goodwill ambassador and mother of six, but has been open about her early drug addiction. Jolie's sordid drug past has come back to haunt her in a newly surfaced video that shows she was addicted to heroin and cocaine.

Jolie’s former drug dealer, Franklin Meyer, said Angelina used to buy drugs from his downtown Manhattan apartment during her early 20s, when she lived in New York.

“Angie was a client of mine for several years,” Meyer told the National Enquirer. “I sold her heroin and cocaine. One day she called me up and wanted me to drop by her place. That was her way of felling me she wanted me to bring her drugs."

Meyer filmed a 16-minute video of Jolie getting high on drugs and discussing her sex secrets, and has cashed it on it by selling it to the National Enquirer. In July 2010, Meyer sold unauthorized photos to Star magazine of a young Angelina reportedly high on heroin, posing in grainy S&M-type photos with tape on her nipples and lying on her back with a dog leash around her neck.

'I Was Lucky I Didn't Die From Drug Abuse'

Among the revelations Angelina made in the new video was that former husband Billy Bob Thornton was hung "like a horse." More importantly, Meyer said an anorexic-looking Jolie had needle marks all over her arms and appeared to be in a drug-addled haze.

These revelations, while shocking, are not surprising, as Angelina has owned up to her drug past. In 2011, Jolie admitted she had experimented with drugs, alcohol and self-mutilation to cope with her existential emptiness.

"I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them,” Jolie told 60 Minutes (see video above). “I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky. There are other artists and people who didn’t survive certain things.”

Angelina said she was self-destructive during her teens and early 20s, experimenting with drugs and going through bouts of severe depression, because she had no purpose in life. "I knew little about the world and I was completely self-absorbed," said Jolie.

'I Did Drugs to Cope With Existential Emptiness'

Angelina has also openly spoken of her teenage self-loathing, which led to cutting herself with knives, her fascination with death (and even considered a career as a funeral director), thoughts of suicide, and undefined feelings of frustration.

I used to think I was unstable, because I had this thirst for something. I could never figure out what it was. I couldn't sleep at night, and I always wanted to be somewhere else, and I have a window tattooed, this little box, and it's because wherever I was, I wanted to be somewhere else. And I always saw myself — wherever I was in life — staring out the window."

Things changed in 2001, when Jolie was named the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Since then, she has visited UNHCR refugee operations all over the world.

The experience completely changed her outlook and gave her a sense of purpose, which was to use her celebrity to help others. "I've become a better human being," Jolie has said. "I've learned the strength of the human spirit."

Jolie's transformation from drug addict to humanitarian was further enhanced by her happy home life, which involves being the mother of six children and her relationship with Brad Pitt.

Angelina Will Get Ovary-Removal Cancer Surgery

These days, Jolie is doing well after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in February 2013 after genetic tests revealed she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of contracting ovarian cancer.

As a result of her mastectomy, Angelina's breast-cancer risk has dropped to under 5%. Jolie's mother, aunt, uncle, grandmother and grandfather all died from cancer, forcing the Oscar winner to take the radical step of preemptively removing both her breasts.

Jolie is doing well now after the double mastectomy, but will remove her ovaries in the near future. The ovary-removal procedure, called an oophorectomy, will lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 80%-90% by reducing the amount of estrogen and progesterone circulating in the body.

Angelina told reporters she's touched by all the people she meets who share their own cancer stories. "Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer," she said. "I am very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”

Related: Angelina Jolie was hospitalized for anorexia and self-harm

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