Colin Farrell Was a "Drug-Addicted Drunk" of a Dad

By McCarton Ackerman 10/12/12

The now-sober star made an initial "decision not to change" when his first son was born.

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Sometimes a new baby isn't enough to change an addict's ways. That was the case at one point with actor Colin Farrell. He became a dad for the first time in 2003 when model Kim Bordenave gave birth to their son, James, but Farrell, now over seven years sober, tells Details magazine that he chose to remain a "drug-addicted drunk" in the early stages of his son's life. "I made a decision not to change," he says. "I literally said, 'I'm not changing! I'm gonna be his friend!' Like a fucking 28-year-old drug-addicted drunk friend is exactly what my six-week-old son needs." Farrell eventually came around though, and credits James with saving his life by making him realize that he did, in fact, need to change. He became a father for the second time in October 2009, when actress Alicja Bachleda-Curu gave birth to Henry. Farrell says he's now motivated to live as long as possible, in order to be there for his boys: "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." Farrell isn't the first father to keep hitting the bottle in parenthood: a recent study found that 17% of new parents actually drink more alcohol than usual after their first baby is born.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.