“My Daughter Will Never Experience The Safety Of Experimenting With Drugs” – Jelly Roll Admits He’s Terrified Of His Kids Trying Drugs

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Jelly Roll has been open about his drug use in the past.

The rapper-turned-country singer, whose real name is Jason DeFord, has spoke in the past about his time as a drug dealer, as well as his arrest for armed robbery that landed him behind bars for nearly a decade.

But more recently, he’s become an outspoken voice for solutions to the deadly fentanyl epidemic that’s ravaging our country.

Jelly Roll recently appeared before Congress to speak on the staggering scope of the problem:

“190 people a day overdose and die every single day in the United States of America. That is about a 737 plane. That’s about what a 737 aircraft can carry. Can you imagine the national media attention it would get if they were reporting that a plane was crashing every single day and killing 190 people?”

And he admits that he was once a part of the problem – but now he wants to be part of the solution:

“I was a part of the problem. I am here now standing as a man that wants to be part of the solution.

I brought my community down. I hurt people. I was the uneducated man in the kitchen playing chemist with drugs I knew absolutely nothing about, just like these drug dealers are doing right now when they’re mixing every drug on the market with fentanyl. And they’re killing the people we love.”

The reason Jelly Roll was able to turn his life around, and a major motivation behind his speaking out on the problem now, is his daughter, Bailee, and son, Noah.

Jelly Roll was in prison when he found out that he had become a father, and realized then that he needed to make a change in his life for his daughter:

“The only sh*t that turned that around for me was Bailee. I knew I got a woman pregnant, I’m back in jail, she’s pregnant. She hates me, we’re not talking, I’m a bad human… she’s right, I was a horrible human.

And I’m sitting in there, and that guard knocks on my door May 22nd, 2008… He goes ‘You had a kid today,’ and he walked away. I still get emotional.

It’s like a Damascus road experience in the Bible. I immediately was like I’ve got to do something. I’ve got to quit this sh*t. I’ve got to figure it out.”

The country star and his wife, influencer and host of the Dumb Blonde podcast Bunnie Xo, now have custody of Bailee, whose mother is still suffering from addiction. And Jelly Roll admits that it’s hard to know that one day he may have to break the news to his daughter that her mother became a statistic in the drug epidemic:

“I have a 15 year old daughter whose mother is a drug addict. Every day I get to look in the eyes of a victim in my household of the effects of drugs. Every single day. And every single day I have to wonder if me and my wife, if today will be the day that I have to tell my daughter that her mother became part of the national statistic.”

But he also has to worry about his children making the same mistakes he did when he was younger – because he knows the consequences are far more severe this time around now that fentanyl is ravaging our country.

Jelly recently spoke to Peoplewhere he discussed his fear as a father about his children experimenting with drugs:

“We’ve seen crack. We’ve seen cocaine. We’ve seen opioids. But we’ve never seen something that is so deadly in such small amounts that’s being mixed in so many different things.”

He says that times were different when he was growing up:

“My daughter will never experience the safety of experimenting with drugs. I know that sounds crazy to say, but when I was a kid, my mother would be like, ‘You’re going to try everything once. Just be safe.’

It’s not safe for any kid to be doing anything.”

And as he admits, it’s terrifying for a father knowing that one mistake is costing so many young people their lives – a mistake that so many people were able to make in the past with far less deadly consequences:

“It scares me for my daughter. It scares me for my son. It scares me for this next generation. We’ve never seen nothing like fentanyl.”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock