Actor Quit Drinking, Drugging When Children were Young
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/17/2012 -- When he learned he was about to become a father the first time, Colin Farrell “made a decision” not to stop partying, despite being a “drug-addicted drunk.”
Farrell underwent treatment for prescription and recreational addiction in 2005, two years after model Kim Bordenave gave birth to his first child James.
Now that he has had several years of sober living under his belt, the Irish-born actor cannot imagine how he managed parenthood under the influence.
The November issue of Details magazine features the following remarks from Farrell on the subject: "I made a decision not to change. I literally said, 'I'm not changing! I'm gonna be his friend!' Like a [bleeping] 28-year-old drug-addicted drunk friend is exactly what my six-week-old son needs."
Farrell, 36, later had a second son, Henry, with actress Alicja Bachleda-Curu in 2009.
He credits his two boys with helping him choose sobriety and said of quitting drugs and alcohol. "I've got eight hours a day now that I didn't have before, when I was drinking every day for 18 years? It's honest, it's real. That's quite simply the coolest thing," he said.
Farrell once said James saved his life by causing him to see that he needed to change his hard-partying ways. These days, Ferrell eats a healthy diet and lives generally cleanly, saying he wants to be there for his sons.
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