Russell Brand: "I'd Rather Be A Drug Addict" Than Famous
Opening up about his troubled past and his struggle with substance abuse, Russell Brand makes a shocking revelation in an upcoming BBC special titled “Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery."
After watching an old video of himself smoking heroin, the British comedian said, “This is when you know it’s a disease. It doesn’t matter that I sat in that flat in Hackney and now I’m in the [upscale hotel] Savoy. I’m jealous of me then."
Although he has been clean for more than a decade, Brand talked about how easy it would be to slip back into his old ways admitting, “It doesn’t make a difference to me. The money, the fame, the power, the sex, the women — none of it. I’d rather be a drug addict."
The 37-year-old calls heroin a “greedy drug,” in the documentary explaining, “it’ll take everything” from a user “First it’ll take your money, then it’ll take your friends, your family, your car, your house. Then it’s going to take bits of your body, in the end I used to be scoring with people that had eyes missing, limbs missing.”
"You’ll take it until it takes your life. It’ll take everything until the last thing and you’ll gladly give it that rather than give up the drugs,” Mr. Brand reveals in “Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery” which is expected to air on BBC Three August 16.