Maia Campbell Reveals Motivation To Stay Clean For 12-Year-Old Daughter
Fri, Oct 25 2013
by Bitchie Staff | Filed Under: Celebrities
If there’s a person who knows the struggle of overcoming addiction
and mental illness while fighting hard to stay on the right path, it’s
actress Maia Campbell. She’s been sober for four years now after having
some very public meltdowns in the media and battling bi-polar disorder,
and she’s not only making a comeback but she’s making sure that from now
on she’s nothing but a positive example for her 12-year-old daughter
Elizabeth. Years ago, she lost custody of Elizabeth because of her
struggles, but wants to be a better mother for her daughter to look up
Catching up with iPower Richmond’s TT Torrez,
Maia said she’s just been putting in extra work getting her book out
there in the streets and helping Elizabeth with her acting career.
Right now I’m just supporting a comeback. I wrote a book.
I had to find myself again because [of] changes in my life. I had a
daughter, I had a little girl, she’s growing up now. So I had to grow up
and I couldn’t just remain a little girl on TV forever. I have a
daughter now and I have to set an example. That was what got me grounded
in [trying to do] better. I have to live my life differently. I have to
change the way I was living my life. I can’t live my life so far away
from the positive things that kept me rooted.
On her daughter working in the industry
She wants to be an actress and she’s done some Disney commercials
recently and some other acting and some videos on YouTube. She doesn’t
listen to any other people as far as management [is concerned]. She’s
listening to her father. And she doesn’t have any agent yet. She’s not
exactly on a show because she hasn’t gotten the training yet. When she
gets the training, she’ll probably pop onto something a little more
lucrative…And I’ll be proud to sit by her and support her. The best
thing I can do is stay working, and stay on the right path, and stay
away from all of that stuff.
She also added:
‘I’ve made some mistakes. I had to make a turnaround in
my life. This is my new expression to the world and this is my comeback
and this is my moment. This is my chance to say, ‘This is what God made
of me and I’m still worthy.’ If I was a one hundred dollar bill, and I
was all messed up, someone would clean me up and use me. I’m still worth
In November of last year, Maia was on “Iyanla: Fix My Life” to not
only confront her issues, but to sit face-to-face with Elizabeth and
talk about mending their broken relationship. During an endearing moment
on the show, they had this exchange:
Elizabeth: I miss you and I wish I was with you more often.
Maia: I want you to know that I do love you and that
none of this is your fault and that you’re the reason I’m trying to get
better.[...]I’ll always be here for you. No matter what. Even if I’m
sick no matter where I am, I’m only a phone call away. In some way or
another I’ll always be here for you. If you have resentment towards me
when you get older, I want you to know that we can work through it, and
we can always talk about it. I’ll always be here for you.
Elizabeth: I just want you to get healthier so we
can be together more and everything will be okay. And that it comes
really fast and sooner. I’ll always love you.
Maia: I’ll always love you, too.