Mindy McCready, who made headlines this month for taking her son Zander from her mother’s home and going on the run with him, is speaking out after the ordeal to “20/20” Friday night (Dec. 9). But “Good Morning America” has a sneak peek of the interview.
McCready says, “The thing about it is no one knows my story … I stopped singing, I stopped socializing, I stopped living,” of her life in recent years, which included drug abuse, domestic violence and rehab.
When she went on the run with Zander, her lawyer told her to bring him back right away and she says, “I said to him, ‘Do you realize, do you have any idea, what it is like to have one
minute with him, after having four and a half years without him, not
being able to have one second holding, smelling him and touching him.
I’m not gonna give up one minute.'”
She also alleges that her mother, Gayle Inge, was an abusive guardian for Zander and also a practitioner of a bizarre religion.
“Zander was being beaten with a wooden spoon. They are scars on Zander’s back, there are scars on his bottom and his legs, from the spoon,” says McCready. “My mother believes that she is a prophet sent from God. They see dead people in their home all the time. Spirits, demons, ghosts. They are encouraging my son to go around with them to churches and stand up on stage and scream gibberish.”
Gayle tells ABC News in response, “I have been Zander’s guardian for four and a half years. There has been all kinds of scrutiny. He has never been abused in our care.”
“I believe everybody makes mistakes, everybody has to grow up,” McCready finishes. “I understand why I’ve made the bad choices I’ve made and how not to make them in the future. Zander saved my life. Every single time I’ve wanted to let go and just give in, I remember what he did for me. He saved my life.”
The entire interview airs Friday night on “20/20.”