Gerard Butler Talks Rehab & Pills: “I Haven’t Had a Drink in 15 Years”
Hunky actor, Gerard Butler, didn’t hold anything back in his interview with Men’s Journal. His in-depth honesty, and candid responses gives us a glimpse into where he’s at right now.
Gerard, 42, comes clean about his three weeks in the Betty Ford clinic; “When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f–ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it. I’ve made a s–tload of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I’ve made some right ones as well.”
Gerard was “really pissed off” that folks believe he went to rehab for alcohol abuse. He rants; “I haven’t had a drink in 15 years. I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in,” Butler recalls.
Is that really better than being an alcoholic?
Gerard, who is dating Romanian lingerie model Madalina Ghenea, reveals he began taking prescription painkillers after sustaining an injury while shooting the movie Shattered in 2007. He went on to experience pain over the next three years, and in 2010, while filming Coriolanus, his back problems intensified.
“It was like somebody sticking a spear in there,” he recalls. “It would get bad, and I’d take something. But I would always stop.” Things however took a turn for the worse when he injured himself yet again in December 2011 while filming Chasing Mavericks. “I started taking more,” Gerard says of the pills. “And I started taking them very quickly.”
Gerard goes on to say about rehab: “They really do rip you apart. You get rid of a bunch of s–t, realize a bunch more s–t, and you make a plan.”
Isn’t that just life in general?
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