Stephen Fry Opens Up About His Past Cocaine Habit: It Was 'Monumentally Stupid'
"I don't think I'm going to lie on my deathbed regretting much," the comedian reportedly said of his past cocaine habit
Stephen Fry reportedly opened up about his past cocaine habit at the Hay Festival in Wales over the weekend – but said he believes the drug did more damage to his career than to his body.
“Sometimes the truth is annoying to people. [Cocaine] didn’t seem to do me any harm,” the comedian said while promoting More Fool Me, the third volume of his memoirs, at the festival, according to multiple reports.
“Well, it didn’t do me any physical harm,” he added, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “It did me harm in that I could have done twice as much work. I would have got up earlier. I would have gone for walks. I would have drunk less alcohol.”
While he admitted that his 15-year addiction – which peaked in the ’80s when “a large section of the Peruvian GDP went up my nose” – was expensive and “monumentally stupid,” Fry, 57, said he couldn’t be too hard on himself, reports the New York Daily News.
“I don’t think I’m going to lie on my deathbed regretting much,” he said, pointing to his enormous success as a writer, actor and broadcaster.
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The English comedian previously came clean about his cocaine use, which reportedly lasted from 1986 to 2001, in his second autobiography, The Fry Chronicles, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. He claims in his memoirs to have ingested the drug in places like Buckingham Palace and the House of Commons.
Fry has also been vocal about his struggle with bipolar disorder, which he explored in his Emmy-winning documentary, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, and his 2012 suicide attempt, according to the BBC.