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Bradley Cooper Comes Out of the Sober Closet

People's Sexiest Man Alive comes clean about his (eight years of) sobriety.

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By Anna David

09/06/12

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Some stars release statements about how they're seeking recovery before they've even entered rehab but The Hangover star Bradley Cooper decided to wait until he had accumulated some sober time—eight years to be exact. While promoting his latest movie, the Sexiest Man Alive told the Hollywood Reporter, "I don't drink or do drugs at all anymore. Being sober helps a great deal." He even opened up about the more emotional aspects of addiction: "I was so concerned [with] what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day," he confessed. "I always felt like an outsider. I realized I wasn't going to live up to my potential, and that scared the hell out of me." Sober-eyed viewers may have had their suspicions that Cooper had his feet in the addiction and recovery world when he produced and starred in 2011's Limitless, a drama about a writer who becomes addicted to a top-secret drug that gives him superhuman abilities.

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