13 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Going Sober
Whether there is an actual addiction at play or or you just need a temporary break from booze, giving up alcohol can have a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. But, needless to say, the decision to go sober is not always easy. Celebrities who have given up alcohol continue to speak out about how they came to that choice, which helps open the conversation for the rest of those considering the same.
Stars like Demi Lovato and Kelly Osbourne have had very public battles with substance abuse, while others like Drew Barrymore and Jessica Simpson have struggled behind closed doors. Then there are stars like Anne Hathaway and Chrissy Teigen who have said they just feel better without it. No matter the journey, it’s inspiring to hear celebrities who gave up alcohol open up about their experiences and how it’s impacted them.
Ahead, we collected inspiring stories from celebrities who are sober.
Celebrities Who Are Sober
In 2021, Drew Barrymore revealed that she had quietly stopped drinking two and a half years earlier. “It was something that I realized just did not serve me and my life,” she said during an appearance on CBS This Morning. She continued: “Now it’s been long enough where I’m in a lifestyle that I know is really working on a high road for my little journey, and there’s so much peace finally being had where there were demons.”
Not only is Bella Hadid among the celebrities who gave up alcohol, but she also created her very own alcohol replacement. The model is the co-founder and partner of Kin Europhics, a line of non-alcoholic cocktails. In a 2022 interview with InStyle, Hadid said, “I have done my fair share of drinking. I loved alcohol and it got to the point where even I started to, you know, cancel nights out that I felt like I wouldn’t be able to control myself.”
Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are celebrities who gave up alcohol in favor of a healthier lifestyle. “We did both quit drinking almost three years ago,” she said in a 2020 interview with Parade. “Not that we were sitting around drinking day and night, but I think that there is something about like clean living — maybe that’s what did it. Maybe that’s the difference.”
The former Disney star has had a very public battle with substance abuse, culminating in an overdose in 2018. In March 2019, on what would have been her seventh anniversary of sobriety had she not relapsed, the singer shared that she remains grateful.
“I don’t regret going out because I needed to make those mistakes but I must never forget that’s exactly what they were: mistakes,” she said on Instagram stories. “Grateful that AA/NA never shuts the door on you no matter how many times you have to start your time over. I didn’t lose six years; I’ll always have that experience but now I just get to add to that time with a new journey and time count.”
The singer spoke openly about her sobriety journey — and her slip-ups along the way — during a 2021 interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I don’t think that everyone has to be sober, everyone has to do what’s best for them,” she said. “I don’t have a problem with drinking, I have a problem with the decisions I make once I go past that level…I become very impulsive.”
Despite the many cocktails her character Charlotte sips on Sex and the City, Kristin Davis herself has long been sober. “I’m a recovering alcoholic,” she said in a 2010 interview with Health. “I’ve never hid it, but I’ve been sober the whole time I’ve been famous, so it wasn’t like I had to go to rehab publicly.”
After staying sober for four years, Kelly Osbourne admitted she had relapsed on an episode of Red Table Talk in 2021. “For the first two days, I could handle just having one drink, but it was because I sat there and was like, ‘You’re only having one drink, and you’re gonna prove to everyone that you’re normal now and you can do this.'” she said. “And all of a sudden, everything’s falling apart.” Osbourne also shared that she’d returned to outpatient treatment in order to get herself back on track.
In a 2019 interview with Tatler magazine, Anne Hathaway revealed that she quit drinking until her son Jonathan, who was three years old at the time, was 18. The actor later clarified that her decision didn’t come from a substance abuse problem, but rather the way that drinking alcohol made her feel.
“I didn’t put [a drink] down because my drinking was a problem; I put it down because the way I drink leads me to have hangovers and those were the problem,” she said in an interview with Modern Luxury. “My last hangover lasted for five days. When I’m at a stage in my life where there is enough space for me to have a hangover, I’ll start drinking again, but that won’t be until my kid is out of the house.”
Jada Pinkett Smith
After recognizing that her routine of drinking every single weekend was becoming addictive, Smith decided to cut out alcohol altogether. “Once I was going for that third bottle of wine, I said, ‘You’ve got a problem,’ and it was cold turkey that day,” she said in a 2021 episode of her talk show, Red Table Talk. “That day I just stopped.”
In a vulnerable Instagram post from 2021, Jessica Simpson shared a photo of herself from 2017 that marked her decision to quit drinking. “This person…is an unrecognisable version of myself. I had so much self-discovery to unlock and explore. I knew in this very moment, I would allow myself to take back my light, show victory over my internal battle of self-respect, and brave this world with piercing clarity.”
Machine Gun Kelly
In 2019, Machine Gun Kelly announced he was forgoing all substances, saying: “I want to become happy without the help of pills, drink, or drugs one day. I want to wake up and know what mood I’m going to be in.” The musician continues to be open about his relationship with drugs and alcohol, and in a 2020 interview with Interview Magazine, shared that he was seeking therapy for these issues.
You would have never known it, but during the height of her career, Naomi Campbell was battling some serious demons. In a 2010 interview with British Vogue, the model revealed that the years between 1998 and 2005 were particularly difficult, leading her to eventually join AA. “During that time I avoided looking in the mirror, because I didn’t like the person who was looking back at me,” she said. “To be honest, there were times I thought I wouldn’t survive. I used to have a lot of problems. Amongst others I drank too much so I joined Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober.”
During the summer of 2021, Chrissy Teigen surprised fans when she revealed she gave up alcohol. After receiving a book on her 35th birthday in November 2020, titled Quit Like a Woman, she recommitted to a sober life. “I still dunno if I’ll never drink again but I do know it no longer serves me in ANY way,” she wrote on Instagram a year later. “I don’t get more fun, I don’t dance, I don’t get relaxed. I get sick, fall asleep and wake up sick, having missed what was probably a fun night.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-487-4889, or text 435748 (HELP4U).
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