On September 13, Sky Ferreira and her boyfriend, Zachary Cole Smith of Brooklyn indie band DIIV, were pulled over in upstate New York and arrested for possession of ecstasy (Ferreira) and heroin (Cole)—a lot of heroin, actually: 42 decks (aka single-dose bags). Ferriera, whose long-delayed debut album Night Time, My Time drops October 29, gave her first post-arrest interview to Billboard and—she's not a drug addict, okay?
"I know for a fact I'm not a drug addict," she said. "That's all I really have to say about it. I know I'm not a drug addict."
In fact, the 21-year-old singer claims the couple were targeted by the police in smalltown Saugerties, NY.
"I kind of got f-cked with," she continued. "And it's annoying because I wasn't charged with his heroin. It says it. The public records are out there. I wasn't charged with it. Trust me, if I was even anywhere near that, they would've charged me because they had no problem charging me with other sh-t. They were out to kind of like f-ck with us. I'm scared to say more than that because I don't want them to arrest us anymore."
She continued, "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.
"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."
For more on the arrest, Night Time, My Time and Ferreira's rise to pop stardom, read the full interview now. And watch her excellent new video for "You're Not the One" below.