It seems we can’t go a week without reporting about Columbus Short getting arrested or getting himself in some kind of trouble. After his latest arrest during 4th of July weekend he’s finally decided to speak out and try to explain what’s going on.
In the last three months, we’ve seen Columbus deal with a messy divorce from wiwfe Tanee McCall-Short, he’s been arrested for public drunkenness and bar fights, he lost his job at Scandal, and has been accused of domestic violence.
In a new interview with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush, Columbus opens up about what’s really going on…sort of.
“The last three months have been probably the most trying times of my life….I think there’s a time when your personal life gets magnified by who we are as celebrities.”
Check out some more highlights from the interview:
On his most recent 4th of July arrest: “There’s something visceral that happened inside of me, and yeah, I’ll say it, even as a black man in handcuffs on the ground, for no justifiable reason at all. I wasn’t acting intoxicated. I had had a couple of drinks, but whatever, I was angry and I used my vocabulary to kind of fight that….I didn’t get into a fight.”
On getting ‘let go’ from ‘Scandal’: “Let’s talk about ABC and let’s talk about the show ‘Scandal.’ They did not throw me to the curb like trash – that’s my family. They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me, from Shonda to the craft service man. We’re a family and I think at a certain point when you’re getting a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves…. They did the right thing but I think it takes time to rebuild.”
On his other arrests & tabloid stories: “I lost a lot of things due to these ugly stories, whether they are true or not, the allegations just put an ugly, nasty taste in people’s mouth and that’s the unfair part that I’ve had to weather.”
On whether or not he thinks he has a drinking problem: “To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol I think, and that’s a real truth. I think that deserves more looking into. If I want to be truthfully honest, I think dealing with the stress of the situations that I’ve been going through, medicating with anything, I think is dangerous because it becomes a crutch. But it doesn’t change it, the situation. That’s the funny part- I’m in a season where that’s not a part of my life– alcohol, drugs, those kinds of things aren’t around me, aren’t in my life, so it was an unfortunate event that happened the other night. Still yet, I think in the past that was definitely a struggle for me.”
On the allegations of domestic violence: “Me and my wife, we’re going through problems. Serious, serious problems. However, the domestic [violence] part of it… I’m not a physically violent man…. I’ve never put my hands on a woman, physically, ever, and would not. I was raised by women.”
On if he thinks he and Tanee could make it work: “This chapter is closed. There’s a new chapter, and I’m not the author of this, God is…. But I know that chapter is closed and I’m excited for the next one.”
Watch the clip below. Is it just us or does it seem he has an excuse for everything?
The interview airs this week during Access Hollywood.
[via The YBF]