Marvin Sapp gets candid about about his checkered past

The gospel singer opens up about his past ahead of film premiere

Marvin Sapp’s film Never Would Have Made It: The Marvin Sapp Story is set to premiere on Aug. 21. The film is based the gospel singer’s life and his rise to stardom.

Ahead of the premiere, Sapp was interviewed by the New York Post‘s Page Six on Aug. 17 and talked a little about his past, which included drug and alcohol consumption.


“After my mother and father got divorced, I started smoking marijuana daily at the age of 12,” Sapp said. “I started drinking and popping pills at the age of 16 and at 18 I snorted my first line of cocaine.”

Sapp also talked about the friends he consumed drugs and alcohol with and where they currently are.


“One of my friends is an alcoholic now, one of my friends is still strung out on crack,” Sapp said. “One of my friends is in prison for 27 years for second-degree murder and another one of my friends did about 15 years in prison because he had a kilo [of drugs] on him.”

With the help of his mother, Sapp didn’t continue down the wrong path.

“One of the reasons is because my mother was that woman that no matter what we did, every Sunday we were in church,” Sapp said.

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