Bradley Cooper Admits to Getting Addicted to Cocaine in His 20s Because He Was Totally Depressed

When appearing on the ‘Smartless’ podcast, the ‘A Star Is Born’ actor/director also confesses that he used to hurt other people’s feelings with his ‘mean humor,’ which he used to deflect from his own insecurities.

AceShowbizBradley Cooper has gotten candid about his past. When appearing on Amazon Music and Wondery’s “Smartless” podcast, the “A Star Is Born” actor/director admitted that he was “addicted to cocaine” in his 20s because he “was totally depressed.”

When making the confession in the Monday, June 13 episode of the podcast, the 47-year-old told co-hosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes that he felt “so lost” at that time, adding that he had severed his Achilles tendon and “got fired-slash-quit ‘Alias’.” He claimed he didn’t realize that he was destroying himself until Will reminded him of his behavior.

Noting that he used to have “zero self-esteem,” Bradley said he used “mean humor” to deflect from his own insecurities though it was “really hurting people’s feelings.” Bradley said he reached the turning point in July 2004 after Will told him he was being a “real a**hole” when they attending a party together.

“That was the first time I ever realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol⁠,” the ex-boyfriend of Irina Shayk shared, recalling Will confronting him about his actions. “I’ll just never forget it. The guy that I think is doing ‘mean humor’ is telling me the truth about it.”

Describing Will as “the reason” he went sober, Bradley explained, “He took that risk of having a hard conversation with me that put me on a path of deciding to change my life.” In response, the Canadian actor said, “It has been awesome seeing you in this place and seeing you comfortable. Nothing has made me happier.”

The Hangover” star previously opened up about his sobriety in December 2013. In an interview with GQ, he stated, “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.” Claiming that he has been “rediscovering myself” while sober, Bradley said it was such a “wonderful” experience.

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