Fiona Apple reveals she quit cocaine after a night with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson

'Every addict should just get locked in a private movie theatre with Q.T. and P.T.A. on coke'
Paul Thomas Anderson and Fiona Apple
Paul Thomas Anderson and Fiona Apple Photo credit Getty Images
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As much as they say the Eighties were the years of celebrities partying to excess, the Nineties seem to have been just as debauched.

In an interview with The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum, singer Fiona Apple – never one to pull punches when it comes to honest interactions – spoke of her drug and alcohol-filled days towards the end of the decade, including an interesting night spent at famed director Quentin Tarantino’s house.

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As her story goes, Apple explained how she was dating filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) as well as a number of stimulants at the time, and remembered “one excruciating night” at Tarantino’s abode that made her decide to stay away from cocaine for the rest of her life.

“Every addict should just get locked in a private movie theatre with Q.T. and P.T.A. on coke,” she says, hinting at the duo of directors’ tendencies to brag. “They’ll never want to do it again,” Apple says.

Her relationship with Anderson, she says was “painful and chaotic,” while his temper, (she describes how Anderson threw a chair across the room after Boogie Nights lost the Oscar in 1998, and another incident when she was shoved out of his car) left her wishing to end their association. "F*** this," she recalls thinking. "This is not a good relationship.” For his part, Anderson declined comment through his agent.

Her struggles with substance abuse did not end there, however. Fast forward to the 2000s, and Apple's on-and-off relationship with Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames, whom she remembers fondly as her "kindest ex," she attributes Ames’ concern about her drinking to their eventual split in 2015.

Apple released her long-awaited fifth album, Fetch The Bolt Cutters in April of 2020, her first offering since 2012’s The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. 

Boasting thirteen tracks of brand new music, Fetch The Bolt Cutters was recorded mostly at home by Apple with additional production from Amy Aileen WoodSebastian Steinberg, and David Garza with guest appearances from actress Cara DelevingneBest Coast guitarist Bobb Bruno and most notably, backing barks and collar jangles from Apple’s beloved pets Mercy, Maddie, Leo, and Alfie.