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Voice judge will.i.am telthe hyperactivity disorder he grew up with was a blessing not a curse – as it drove him on to become a global superstar
He is one of the longest-serving judges on TV talent show The Voice and a seven-time Grammy-winning pop star – propelled to superstardom, he says, by the hyperactivity disorder he suffered as a child.
And today in an exclusive Mail on Sunday interview, will.i.am criticises parents who choose to give their children with the condition 'potential destroying' drugs.
Speaking exclusively to Event magazine, he tells of his relief that his mother never made him take Ritalin, the drug commonly prescribed for ADHD. He says: 'It's not the kids who are the problem, it's the lazy parents and lazy teachers who want kids to take Ritalin.
'You don't need medication, you need patience with kids who have ADHD. It's destroying so much potential and no one gives a damn.'
Born William James Adams, the 43-year-old, a founding member of chart-topping band The Black Eyed Peas, believes his ADHD gave him creativity which he poured into music. 'I was fine because I had a patient mother and some patient teachers,' he says, 'but it makes me furious that you get a kid who has this creative energy, who is powering off the walls and people can't be bothered to deal with energy. They just want to medicate it away.
'You'll get a teacher who says to a parent, 'Your child is not like the rest of the kids. He talks all the time, he runs about, he's into everything but there is a pill you can give him to slow him down.' Why? Why not encourage that energy, direct it, have the patience to develop and harness it?
He adds: 'My mum couldn't have afforded Ritalin because we had no money, but she also wasn't afraid to say, 'No. Leave my kid be.'
Will.i.never! The Voice's hyperactive star will.i.am gives his most outspoken interview ever
Voice judge will.i.am tells Event the hyperactivity disorder he grew up with was a blessing not a curse – as it drove him on to become a global superstar. Which is why he's furious that children with the condition today are being dosed with drugs that 'destroy so much potential'
Will.i.am is in the middle of a speech and the Voice judge will not be interrupted because he has an impassioned point to make. He is berating the widespread practice of medicating children who suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). 'Listen,' he says. 'It's not the kids who are the problem, it's the lazy parents and lazy teachers who want kids to take Ritalin [a stimulant commonly prescribed to suppress the condition]. You don't need medication, you need patience with kids who have ADHD. We need to deal with this issue because it is getting out of hand. It's destroying so much potential and no one gives a damn.'
No one gave much of a damn about a small, 12-year-old bespectacled boy called William James Adams three decades ago. He was born in the poor Estrada Courts housing projects in Los Angeles, and few of the teachers at his school, where he was diagnosed with severe ADHD, would have expected the mouthy, body-popping prankster in the playground to become a multi-millionaire musician.
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