Last month, Sky Ferreira and boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV were arrested in upstate New York after being pulled over for traffic violations. Cops found ecstasy on Ferreira and heroin on Smith, leading to misdemeanor charges and a lot of speculation. Sky Ferreira opened up to Billboard about the incident, drugs, and dealing with public perception.
I know for a fact I’m not a drug addict. That’s all I really have to say about it. I know I’m not a drug addict. I’m sorry if it hurt anyone and I’m not trying to promote drugs and it’s not like an image thing whatsoever. Do you think I want people thinking I’m a heroin addict? No. Do you think I want people thinking I’m a drug addict? No. But people have always said I’m a drug addict, just based on the fact that I have dark circles around my eyes— which I’ve had since I was a kid— or because I come across a certain way or dress a certain way. So that’s not something that’s new. But I would be in rehab; I would not be on this Vampire Weekend tour. And I wouldn’t be able to go on stage everyday and deal with this.
But there are people who have been really nice and supported me and I feel good about that. I’ve learned a lot from the experience and I feel stronger from it. I’m sorry if it seems like I’m trying to promote drug use or something because I’m not. But I’m a human being and people get involved in bad situations some times. That’s really all I can say.