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‘Friday Night Lights’ Author Reveals Shopping Addiction; Checks Into Rehab

Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights, the novel which inspired the 2004 movie and TV series that ran for six seasons both of the same name, has just entered into rehab after confessing he has a shopping addiction.

In an essay for GQ magazine, Bissinger revealed that he’s spent over $600,000 on designer clothes in the last three years.  He listed a few of his purchases that were made during his three-year spending spree: “The most expensive evening jacket I own, also from Gucci, black napa leather with gold threading, cost $9,800.  The most expensive leather pants, $5,600.  The most expensive jeans, $2,500.  The most expensive pair of boots, $2,600.  The most expensive pair of gloves, $1,015.”

The 58-year-old author chose to come out with his shopping addiction so he could hold himself accountable and seek help.  He compares shopping to the high of doing drugs or having sex.

In the essay, Bessinger also questions his sexual orientation and thinks the shopping addiction may reveal he is a “closeted or maybe not so closeted transvestite.”  He expressed that he bought both women’s and men’s clothes which made him feel “liberated” and “alive.”

“I began to seek sexual expression in the form of high fashion, men’s because I liked the hardness and women’s because I liked the sexiness.  Blended together, it became a rocker look, particularly with the three skull rings on each hand to fit my usual dark mood,” he wrote.

I have a lot of respect for this guy.  He realized he was powerless over his shopping habits and now is taking action to seek help for his addiction.  From the same GQ essay he wrote, “My name is Buzz Bissinger.  I am 58 years old, the best-selling author of ‘Friday Night Lights,’ father of three, husband.  And I am a shopaholic.”


Work Cited

1.  “’Friday Night Lights’ Author Buzz Bissinger Checks Into Rehab For Shopping Addiction.” Starpulse.com. Starpulse.com, 27 March 2013. Web. 27 March 2013.

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