EXCLUSIVE: Former ‘Scandal’ Star Columbus Short Channels ‘Monumental Mistakes’ Into New Music, Admits He Hasn't Had 'The Greatest Headlines'

by Zach Seemayer 7:47 AM PST, February 26, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Former ‘Scandal’ Star Columbus Short Channels ‘Monumental Mistakes’ Into New Music, Admits He Hasn't Had 'The Greatest Headlines'

Columbus Short, once the star of the hit ABC drama Scandal, is now opening up about the troubles that led to his departure from the series and his new music.

"The last year and a half hasn't [seen] the greatest headlines," Short admitted recently while sitting down with ET's Lauren Zima.

In spring 2014, after a number of legal incidents and claims of domestic violence leveled against him by his ex-wife, Tanee McCall, Scandal let Short go from the series. Later, the 33-year-old actor admitted that his struggles with substance abuse and addiction led to his highly publicized run-ins with the law.

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When asked if he had any regrets over his actions, Short said, "I wish I would have loved myself more. That's it."

Short is now working on rebuilding his career. He's remarried -- to author and former video vixen Karrine Steffans -- and he's making music. In fact, his low-key wedding to Steffans even made it into the music video for his new song, "50 Shades." ET exclusively premieres Short's new music video (watch it below).

At the opening of the video, Short addresses his past controversies, sharing, "I'm a flawed human being. I've made a lot of monumental mistakes. That was then and this is now."

Short opened up to ET about the meaning behind his song, explaining that "the first verse is about all the things I hate," while the second verse "is basically everything I love."

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"You know, I hate alarms in the morning," Short said. "I hate sitting in traffic all day. I hate when the cops are behind me. All of that. But out of all the things I hate most is that you got me feelin' this way."

"I love drinking wine in the morning," Short continued. "I love the tattoo on her neck. I love watching her in the moonlight. I love that she's got me feeling this way." It's clear Short found a lot of inspiration for his new track in his relationship with Steffans.

Short also reflected on the title of his upcoming album, Unbroken, which is "about the last two years."

"I'm still standing. I've been through a lot and I'm here and I'm happy and I'm whole," Short said. "That's what the album is about: documenting the last two years of my life." Watch his video below.

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