Andra Day reveals she battled sex and porn addiction

Andra Day reveals she battled sex and porn addiction

Andra Day revealed in a new interview that she dealt with some personal struggles while filming the biopic “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

Day, who played the role of Billie Holiday, told InStyle in a profile published on Tuesday that she wanted the film’s focus to be on the jazz legend’s music — and not her “hyper-sexualized” image during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s — because of the addiction issues she was just overcoming herself.

“I didn’t want any element of sexualization,” the “Rise Up” singer, 36, told the magazine. “I had come out of something in my own life — dealing with porn addiction, sex addiction.”

She added, “I’m being very, very candid with you because I’m not the only one. But I knew I wanted all of that very much gone.”

However, the role ended up being a blessing in disguise because playing Holiday actually helped Day heal.

“I feel now, after playing Billie, that I’m honoring her and the strength that is femininity,” she said. “I’m definitely in a healthier place to enjoy that because I’m outside of the addiction, if you will. So, yeah, it’s been really fun, because it’s been very new for me.”

Day lost 40 pounds for the Oscar-nominated Hulu movie — although not in the healthiest way. She previously revealed she dropped the weight by “smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol” because she was “desperate” for her first role to be a success.

The Grammy nominee told InStyle that after the weight loss, people often asked whether she felt “prettier” because of her slimmer figure.

“I was like, ‘Hell, no! I liked being juicy! I was cool,’” she said. “But I do like the way [the weight loss] feels on my body, I like the way it feels on my joints. You do notice a difference. Besides, to me, there is no such thing as a classic beauty. Beauty takes on so many different forms, in different times and depending on the nation.”

Day also credited Holiday, who died in 1959, for helping her view herself in a different light, saying, “She opened me up to valuing myself in a way that I hadn’t fully before.”

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