In April, Colombus Short was fired from ABC’s “Scandal”, charges with spousal battery against his wife Tanee Short, who then filed for a divorce. Recently, in an interview with Access Hollywood, Short admitted that he was abusing drugs at the time, especially cocaine. Apparently Columbus Short was dealing with so much depression, triggered by the sudden and tragic suicide of his good friend Lee Thompson Young last year, and a busy work schedule.

“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,” he said in the interview. “I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot.” Short confirmed that his “Scandal” co-stars and showrunner Shonda Rhimes were aware of his activities. “If we’re going to be fully transparent, they protected me and they held me down. 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.” Since getting fired, Short has moved to Atlanta and has been working on an album, though he’s live tweeted the show — including the episode in which the Gladiators mourn his character’s death — and even held a season premiere party for its return in September. “I would love nothing more to go back to ‘Scandal,’” he said. “It’s my family.”