About four years ago, I was with my (extremely flamboyant) friend, who is also a huge FS fan, at a Duane Reade in New York City. We saw Nicole, looking glamorous as usual. Of course my friend went nuts and ran up to her, practically drooling!
She was as sweet and nice as she could be, and said "I love New York, you'll probably see me just about any night at the Roxy!" As you may know, the Roxy was a huge club, famous for having a "Studio 54" feel--it was known for being a fun, dance and party scene, with the occasional celebrity in attendance. It was also known for having a drug scene. My thought at the time was that she was young and on her own, probably relishing in the spotlight of being accepted at a trendy club like the Roxy. (By the way, the Roxy was shut down shortly after that because of a drug raid, and even after it opened up again, it closed its doors permanently just a little while later.)
When I heard of Nicole's recent problems, I couldn't help but feel she may have just been seduced by the drugs, without realizing she was in a downward spiral. I've seen it happen to good people.
Just a gut feeling. This was a great article--I wish Nicole all the best.