Grammy award winning artist will.i.am is blaming ‘pill pushing’ parents of children with ADHD for “destroying potential”.
The Voice judge and pop star suffered from the disorder as a child, and he told Event magazine he’s relieved his mother never made him take Ritalin – the drug commonly prescribed in the US for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
He said: “It’s not the kids who are the problem, it’s the lazy parents and lazy teachers who want kids to take Ritalin.
“You don’t need medication; you need patience with kids who have ADHD. It’s destroying so much potential and no one gives a damn.”
Will.i.am, who won seven Grammys with pop group the Black Eyed Peas, said he believed it was his ADHD that gave him the creativity needed to make it in the music business.
“I was fine because I had a patient mother and some patient teachers,” he said, “but it makes me furious that you get a kid who has this creative energy, who is powering off the walls and people can’t be bothered to deal with energy.
“ADHD was never my problem. I thought of it as a gift because it gave me an ability to join dots.
“What’s wrong with our society is that we want to pull everything back, stop people thinking out of the box and make everyone the same. I’ve never wanted to be the same as anyone else.”