Gladys Knight is known for her tremendous singing career, as well as a successful acting career too. Nicknamed the ‘Empress of Soul,’ her career has been going strong for over 50 years! As well as performing as a solo artist, she was also known for her music with her group, Gladys Knight and the Pips, a group that actually featured her brother and cousins, true Jackson 5 family style! There is no denying that she is one of the most successful women of our time, and she was won many awards as recognition for her achievements.
However, it isn’t just singing, music and acting that Gladys Knight has a skill for; gambling. Unfortunately, this isn’t a skill Knight can put to good use anymore, as her love of the casino spiraled into an uncontrollable addiction that was difficult for her to get out of.
It’s not uncommon for celebrities to spend their new found fame and riches on some form of addiction; drugs, drink, sex and gambling are some of the most common varieties. Sadly, it was the latter that sunk its claws into Gladys Knight.
Casinos and gambling weren’t entirely unfamiliar to Knight, but they weren’t a huge part of her life. One night she visited a casino with a friend, who asked her if she would be interested in a game of Blackjack, a game she hadn’t played before. Accepting the offer, Knight realized how much she enjoyed the game and the feeling of wanting to win everything you could. From then on, Knight was playing whenever she could, as often as she could, and was seriously at the risk of losing it all.
She came to her senses when one morning she found herself sat in a casino after a long night of gambling when she should have been at home, waking up her youngest son and getting him ready for school. At that moment, something switched inside her, and she left the table to call Gamblers Anonymous, who went to great lengths for Knight; they drove to the casino she was at, picked her up and helped her on her journey to recovery.
While the love of all varieties of offline and online Blackjack is still installed in Knight, she hasn’t looked back and has overcome her addiction amazingly. She refers to her wake-up call as ‘divine intervention.’