Throughout their time in the spotlight, celebrities have opened up in candid conversations about their sobriety journeys. Whether it was drugs or alcohol, these stars have spoken out about their struggles with addiction and how they overcame them.
One Direction crooner Liam Payne, for one, has discussed his mental health struggles after the group disbanded and how that led to “drinking too much and getting into really bad, bad situations.”
“I went into therapy a couple years after [the band ended]. I kind of went off the rails a little bit and just couldn’t really figure out what was making me sad. So, you know, my team got somebody around to help me through a couple of different, difficult things that I was going through. I was just trying to figure myself out. It was just such a strange course through life, and then when the switch turns off you’re left to your own devices,” the singer revealed during a 2019 interview with GQ Magazine. “I hit a peak moment where I knew the drinking was going to get me. I needed to do something about it. I spent a lot of time drinking to escape the crazy world that I had created for myself. I didn’t know what I was doing.”
Similarly, Tyler Posey first revealed his decision to become sober during an interview with SiriusXM’s The Jason Ellis Show in October 2020. He’s since opened up about his sobriety experience during a March 2021 interview with Variety.
“When I first got sober, I definitely really wanted to break these habits that I had,” the Teen Wolf star explained. “I didn’t know how long I wanted to be sober. I’ve since started coming back into the other world, the other side of things, so I’m technically not sober anymore, but I keep in touch with everybody. I learned a lot about myself.”
Former Even Stevens and Kim Possible actress Christy Carlson Romano also revealed her sobriety via social media. While she has spoken public about her struggles over the years, in a July 2021 TikTok video, the former Disney star told fans that she’s been sober for five years.
Some stars — like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Noah Centineo, Bryce Hall, Blake Lively and more — have surprised fans over the years by announcing that they got sober. While some shared their stories, others offered positive messages about how this lifestyle changed helped them grow. Scroll through our gallery to read stars’ candid quotes about getting sober in Hollywood.
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