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Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell reveals battle with drugs, how he found God

Kel Mitchell, star of the television series " Kenan & Kel" and " All That" poses with his Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award as Favorite Television Actor during the 12th annual Kids'Choice Awards May 1, 1999  in Los Angeles.

Kel Mitchell, star of the television series " Kenan & Kel" and " All That" poses with his Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award as Favorite Television Actor during the 12th annual Kids'Choice Awards May 1, 1999 in Los Angeles.  (Reuters)

In the late ’90s Kel Mitchell was on top of the world with starring roles on Nickelodeon’s “All That,” “Kenan & Kel,” and in the spin-off film “Good Burger,” but soon after the shows were canceled, the actor found himself battling drug addiction.

“As a young actor there are ups and downs,” he told People. “And when you get to that down part, there are times you feel like no on can relate to you. When Britney Spears shaved her head, I understood that.”

In 2004, when his marriage of Tyisha Hampton ended after six years, Mitchell, 37, suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts and used drugs.

“After my divorce I just felt like life was not working out,” said Mitchell.

But soon after, Mitchell’s luck changed. He became the stage manager for a nondenominational church in Los Angeles after feeling “lost and looking for answers.”

“Before, it was just about me, but now it is more about Christ,” he shared. “That’s when things started to turn around in my life. I went through a rough time, but now I have peace.”

Today, Mitchell is re-married to designer and rapper Asia Lee. He’s also got positive relationships with his children from his first marriage, son Lyric, 16, and daughter Allure, 13.

As for his once stalled television career, Mitchell has returned to the network that made him a household name starring in the new show “Game Shakers.”

“I enjoy living this life,” he said. “I don’t let things frustrate or worry me anymore. I don’t do that because I have peace in my heart.”

This article originally appeared in the New York Post's Page Six.

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