*Black Eyed Peas member Taboo says the band used to be embarrassed by his hard partying ways until his arrest for drunk driving and drug possession set him straight.

He told BANG Showbiz: “I was an embarrassment to the crew. This was during the big-time, yeah man. From 2003 to 2007 when I got arrested, I was a f**king mess. I was always drunk, doing drugs. It didn’t matter man.”

The band – made up of will.i.am, Fergie, apl.d.ap and Taboo – used to have trouble controlling the 35-year-old rapper.  He was finally nabbed by police for drunk driving and drug possession, and he admits his life has never been better thanks to the arrest.

“I almost lost everything and I just thought, ‘F**k this man,’” said Taboo, whose real name is Jaime Luis Gomez. “Now I’m four years sober and I’m loving life and enjoying the great things that are happening now that I’ve become clear headed and sober.”

Taboo says the band members are now closer than ever because they all have respect for each other.

He said: “We’re very diplomatic when it comes to our friendship. There’s no egos. Everybody is respectful. We don’t let fame or even fortune get in the way.”

Just last weekend, Taboo and his bandmate apl.de.ap were the subject of a skit on “Saturday Night Live.” The pair were portrayed as being defensive over living in the shadow of will.i.am and Fergie. Watch below.