Colin Farrell resisted cigarettes for two years after lighting the note on fire

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated September 02, 2015 02:45 PM
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It’s not me, it’s you.

Even Colin Farrell admits that when it comes to dealing with breakups, sometimes you just need to write down your feelings before you can really move on. So when it came time for Farrell to end his relationship with cigarettes, he did just that.

“I wrote a breakup letter to the Spirit of Tobacco,” the True Detective actor told Men’s Health in their September cover story.

To make it official, he set the letter on fire.

“I got a frying pan and tossed the letter with a load of tobacco, put some paraffin over it, and lit a match that sent a big, wallowing cloud up into the sky. Then I didn’t have a cigarette for another two years.”

Farrell has been working on kicking bad habits and shedding his party reputation by prioritizing what’s important in life: his two children.

The actor has put his romantic life on the sideline for the past five years to focus on raising his two sons, James, 11, and Henry, 5. And while he admits he can get lonely at times, he’s in no rush to delve into a relationship.

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“The most significant aspect of my life lives far away from anywhere that a camera is needed,” Farrell explained. “You play the part and do interviews but don’t overextend yourself or put on a mask or change your name.”

He added, “When you get home, the only thing that matters is your son is not eating his turkey sandwiches and he’s not into avocado anymore, so you have to find something new that he’ll eat for lunch.”