Russell Brand turned to drugs because he felt ''lonely'', but admits staying sober has been good for his family.
Russell Brand turned to drugs because he felt ''lonely''.
The British comedian - who has been sober since 2003 - admits thought heroin was ''beautiful'' when he first tried it and took illegal substances because he ''couldn't cope'' with his life.
He said: ''When I took drugs I felt lonely, alienated and disconnected. I felt that this culture isn't serving me. When I took heroin for the first time it was beautiful. It was a personal problem - I couldn't cope with being alive, I needed to take drugs.''
However, the 38-year-old star - who was previously married to Katy Perry - insists staying away from drugs has been good for his whole family.
He explained: ''My mother's life is better now.''
Russell was speaking at elite Cambridge University's union on Monday night (13.01.14) and urged the students - who he jokingly called '''Harry Potter' p***fs'' - to be ''spiritual''.
He told them: ''Don't be materialistic; it doesn't help, just develop spiritually. I try to find union with everything.''
He then urged the students to use their education for the good of society.
He said: ''Give us something to vote for then we will vote for it.
''Give us a system that is truly representative.
''Use this education that you are receiving to bring about ideas that can benefit not just you but all of us.''