Almost a year after Juice WRLD's sudden death at the age of 21, his mom is opening up about her late son's struggles and how they might help others who are feeling the same way.
"It was devastating," Carmela Wallace told ABC 7 Chicago on Monday (Oct. 26). "But, one thing I decided early on was that I was not going to hide the fact that he died from a drug overdose. I did not want to keep that a secret because there are a lot of people who deal with that every day."
While the rapper, born Jarad Higgins, was a Billboard chart topper and a global superstar, Wallace recalled that he was always just her son to her. "Juice WRLD was an icon, but Jarad was my son. I didn't treat him like a celebrity," she recalled. "In fact, the first time I saw him perform, it was in Chicago, I forget where, but I saw the crowd and I saw the girls and 'Take a selfie with me.' He was poked up and he was still living with me at the time. When he came home, I said, 'Take out the garbage,' because I just wanted him to stay humble."