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David Duchovny Enters Rehab For Sex Addiction

David Duchovny Enters Rehab For Sex Addiction


Californication star David Duchovny is currently at a rehabilitation center for sex addiction.

“I have voluntarily entered a facility for the treatment of sex addiction,” the former X-Files star’s lawyer Stanton “Larry” Stein tells People. “I ask for respect and privacy for my wife and children as we deal with this situation as a family.”

Duchovny, 48, has been married to actress Téa Leoni for over 10 years and have two children together–daughter Madelaine, 9, and son Kyd, 6.

The Californication premiere of season two is set for September 28, 2008. Duchovny plays womanizing writer Hank Moody on the Showtime series.

Back in May, Best Life reported, “There was the time [Duchovny] confessed to a reporter about his fascination with hotel porn (‘I like to watch other people —k’ was the exact quote) and rumors swirled that he was a sex addict.”

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  • Jess

    @48 “Time to redefine what’s allowed in a relationship you hetero types….or just keep people cheating behind their partner’s backs as almost always happens in every couple whether you like it or not”

    WTF – Hollywood doesn’t represent the rest of the world. My parents, grandparents, friends and my sister and her bf all manage to stay faithful in their relationships. It depends on the culture the couple is surrounded by. No one stated David cheated on Tia anyway.

  • Jess

    @48 “Time to redefine what’s allowed in a relationship you hetero types….or just keep people cheating behind their partner’s backs as almost always happens in every couple whether you like it or not”

    WTF – Hollywood doesn’t represent the rest of the world. My parents, grandparents, friends and my sister and her bf all manage to stay faithful in their relationships. It depends on the culture the couple is surrounded by. No one stated David cheated on Tia anyway.

  • rossy40

    To Celine #51 -

    I must correct you re: HBO’s “Red Shoe Dairies” & Duchovny’s role in it. HE wasn’t the one having sex with anyone. His character “lost” the woman he loved (can’t remember how) and that caused him to place an ad in the paper asking women to send him letters (diaries) of THEIR sexual experiences. At the end of the episode Duchovny’s character would say something to his dog, Jake, & end credits would role.

  • shine

    OMG guys, after reading all your comments, I took one look at his picture again and the look of his eyes is so scary… like he’s going to do something perverted. yikes! weired..weired! the ugly thing about it is he’s looking right at you! mama! help!

  • Julien

    Watching x-films doesn’t make you a sex addict…either he cheated on his wife numerous times or she can’t take having sex all day long anymore…now which is it???

  • ac

    It was a not-so-blind item on PHs site almost a year ago. Didn’t shock me then. I assumed it was common knowledge. He’s thinking too much of himself if he thinks the press would care. He could’ve slipped away for treatment and saved his family and himself some face..

  • sasha

    what sort of things about their s e x life did david and tea openly talk about?

    i have never seen an interview/ read an interview where they discuss their bedroom lives.

    any links anyone?

  • groovygirl

    I admire his sincerity and wish him and his family all the best in this very difficult time. Love X-FILES. Be strong David.

  • sillyme

    I wonder if his wife made him do this. Because, I don’t think you ever get rid of a sexual addiction. That’s not something you can really talk someone out of.

  • go sox

    sexy David, you’re obviously young and single. Screwing everyone in sight, just cause “it’s what guys do”, IS wrong, on many levels. It’s fine IF it’s agreed to by the GF, wife, whatever. BUT it’s hurtful if it’s NOT ok to her. And hurting people is just wrong. It’s NOT just about sex to most women. Not to mention STD’s, etc. Ewwww.

    This jerk has obviously deeply hurt his wife, if he’s admitting his addiction to the world, and trying to save his marriage.

    And just for the record, there are a lot of men I know, who are monogamous and happy. Sex is wonderful with the same person in a truly committed relationship.

  • HM-mmm

    I wonder if his “addiction” is somehow affecting his kids?

  • Lynda

    Tea seems to be enjoying herself with Billy Bob Thornton at his concerts

  • ruth

    i cannot believe david freaking duchovny is a sex addict and i am stuck in ohio.

  • real world

    Sorry to hear that he have this problem.At least he admitted the problem and got help for it.Hope his marriage survives this. She seens like a strong woman and family person.Hope this will pass.But it will not stop me from liking him and an actor. Some people have done worse.Ithought sienne miller and rachel that problem by now.

  • jeff

    This is really not funny at all, unless you have zero fear of God and no respect for marriage or the opposite sex. Our bodies are not garbage and only useful for temporary lustful acts. Lust is powerful and must be under control. I hope and pray that David can recover from this and not lose all that he has in the process.

    The crazy thing is no matter who you are, all sorts of men struggle with pornography. If you believe in God then it’s called fornication and a sin outside of marriage. It has lasting effects on families and fuels an industry that only cares about money at the expense of (men’s) souls.

    I feel a minimum addiction and I’m learning to either shut off the computer/tv and or find something else to indulge in. VERY difficult, especially with a pregnant wife who is sleepy alot. If it became any worse I would go into some recover program too. Despite what the media may suggest, women are not sex objects and men are not sex obsessed apes.

  • xena

    61, I hope you are totally wrong. This would be terrible to have these poor kids more involved that they already are.

  • pinkydoo

    He really reminds me of a young Michael Douglas in many ways, and he too was addicted. Probably still is. How in the world do these things get leaked? His wife is so cute and funny. I loved her in the Jim Carey movie.

  • VidCrayzee

    For a humorous take on others with sex problems check out this video.

  • remember da truth

    Jess #52
    Sorry to burst your bubble, but the only difference between Hollywood and the rest of the country is that everyone KNOWS what they do!! I’m very happy for you that you know so many faithful couples. About 25% are faithful, according to study after study. And it’s not just the men who cheat!

    You’d be surprised to find out who has cheated, too. Often the women most offended at the idea of beautiful woman flirting with their husband (instead of taking it as a compliment), because they know THEY have cheated and don’t trust others to remain faithful. I was sure my brother and his boring wife were faithful. Nope — bro found a more assertive woman one night on a business trip and indulged his wish for something with a spine in his bed. I didn’t know for years and years (they are now happily together since my sis-in-law has grown up).

    So get a clue and stop thinking that real life is Little House on the Prairie. It’s not — real life is Peyton Place.

  • Ale ferro

    he always had that fame, even before the legendary “X-FILES”…
    speaking of which there´s a story about the final auditions for THE X-FILES where they were 2 guys and 5 women left… he has admit that he was picking up the girls, even gillian anderson has confirm that story… (no that he did that with her)…
    the thing is eventhough all the storiesconcierning this with David…im still in shock!

  • Brian

    explain it… he’s a pedophile that’s why he’s behind a cure

  • jenny

    He has had this problem forever. It has never been a secret that he is a sex adict, maybe he is just finally getting help. I think the timing is a bit odd for him to be getting treatment now, but I doubt it is a publicity stunt. I think it would be too embarrasing for his wife. Hope they can work through it.

  • SCULLY66

    Well at least he isn’t gay!! LOL!! Seriously, he’s one of my favorite actors. Hopefully being in rehab will help him with his problem. I just want to know how you treat something like that. Does it mean he will never have sex again once he’s treated?????

    By the way, woud I be considered an addict since I have sex once or twice a day , everyday and I’m over 40?? LMAO

  • Born Manahattanite

    LMFAOOOOOOOO!! OMFG! i’m sorry.. i’m like peeing myself lauffhing right noww. addicted to sex? Just keep doing…. it i’m sure your wife doesn’t mind.. so like after are you just gonna like STOP having sex… so you won’t relapse… lmfao

    Fucck this is sooo fuccking funny..

  • Eric

    Big Fucking Deal. He admitted to being a sex addict years ago in an article. Why are you people so shocked? He is just a person. He has flaws just like we all do. Get over it .

  • Firenz

    Can anyone ELSE say “Publicity stunt for the new season of Californication”?

  • SCULLY66

    I remember reading a Playgirl article where he admitted he was addicted to sex. Don’t know why now he’s seeking treatment for it. I imagine it got to be too much for Tea. I never knew what he saw in her anyways, but to each his own.

  • Elena

    I’d Eff him!

  • S.C.

    Gross. Beyond gross. Humiliating for his wife and kids. Go away dood and don’t surface again.

  • jordan

    Sex addiction is widely misunderstood. It is when you use sex essentially as a drug, to escape; when you need validation from another person so bad that you put yourself in situations where you abandon your spiritual self, your dignity, just to get the attention, and that attention itself reacts in your brain like a drug, and makes everything alright in the world. It’s when you become dishonest just to get that attention. There are many chemicals released in the brain during sex, fantasizing about sex, fantasizing about another person that will ‘save’ us, etc. Most sex addicts are in fact love addicts underneath. They crave REAL intimacy (whcih requires enduring a certain amount of discomfort because you cannot have real intimacy if you are not honest) but have let cheap substitutes take the place of honest relationships because it is ‘easier.’ But the addiction is progressive. Like many other addictions. What started off as just escaping with images every now and then evolves into massage parlors, strange hook-ups, etc. It does not really happen fast most of the time. it takes years. But the person finds themselves in positions they really do not want to be in. Low self worth, that needs to be constantly combatted by attention or acting out, is generally part of the problem, and teh dishonesty that goes with the addiction gives it fuel. It fuels itself, and needs more sex and ‘love’ to function. Most sex and love addicts hide a big part of themselves, can be very fun and outgoing, but lonely inside. Any type of person can be a sex and love addict. Most treatment involves slowly building an abiding sense of self worth by telling the truth, doing one right action after another, to recognize the damage done, and work the 12 steps of recovery which demand that you find a higher power soyou can connect with your spiritual self, and become accountable to a sponsor and to your brothers and sisters in the program (YES, there are many women in the program) and work the same steps that work for other addictions.

    Sex and love addiction is tricky, because like food to the food addict, sex is something that you have to do on a regular basis to be healthy, BUT, contrary to what I see written here, it is VERY MUCH curable. I am a sex and love addict myself, and have seen much recovery, and I have seen people on the cutting edge of courage, being 100% engaged and involved in the human experience.

    I have NEVER seen any media portrayal of a sex and love addict meeting that was remotely accurate of what goes on inside.

    David Duchovny is brave to go in to treatment, and yes, he was probably in a pickle, got busted one too many times, and this was his only way out, but if he hangs around long enough and is open adn willing, he will grow more than he can imagine, because as smart as he is, he has been anesthetizing himself, probably hiding his own vulnerability, and when he connects to everything that is him, including the fear inside of him, he will know the blessing of recovery.

  • hill

    is he not the voice behind the pedigree commercials?………horny dog

  • SarahLee

    Um, I’m not surprised by this. I was watching some of the blooper reels for the X-files, and every few minutes he’s making some (sometimes embarrassingly graphic) sex joke. There was one take where he wrapped a belt around Mitch Pelligi’s neck and road him from behind. For some reason it struck me that he might have trouble with sex as intimacy, or intimacy in general.
    Which, whatever, I like David, and whatever it is it’s deeply personal.
    But, why make an announcement like this?
    Who would ever find out if he didn’t say anything?

  • SarahLee

    Oh, and #80, Jordan. Thanks for that, those comments about it being fun or a good thing are annoying. Sex in the way that sex addicts have it, I imagine is pretty horrible for all involved.

  • foxpawz

    i think it is sad in a way and i don’t know how serious a sex addiction is or what it means. i mean it can easily be seen as a poor excuse to dodge responsibility for your actions. it has been no secret that david has been known to have slept with anything that moved before he was married, that he has a huge po rn collection, and that even in his movies and projects he enjoys picking characters that will in some way or another have to deal with sexual behaviors that may seem a little be out of the ordinary. he was also the one who gave Mulder a p orn addiction in x-files if i remember correctly.

    maybe these are all signs the sex is really a strong part of his lifestyle in a way that is unhealty. who knows…im not sure how i feel about this “addiction” in terms of it really being beyond someone’s control.

    now if this is indeed something that just is out of your control like a gambler, alcoholic, drug addict might have to deal with i really sympathize for him and his family. i just hope it isn’t jus a cop out for something bigger. a new source says he was not cheating on his wife but that he is addiced to po rn and chat rooms. honestly i doubt that he hasn’t cheated on her. and i do feel really bad for tea :(

    i also believe that going public with this was probably not something he’d WANTED to do (WHO WOULD????) but that he did it because the tabloids would or probably issued stories of this and really made a mess of it in a way that would of really been hurtul to his family. i think he did it more to protect them and his privacy by stating the fact and ASKING for respect on the personal matter.

    so as #22 and others might of stated, i’m sure had he not said anything, this story would of come out ANYWAY and would of probably been a lot worst for his family’s sake and reputation and all of that. it’s bad enough checking yourself into rehab for whatever reason, imagine the whole world publishing more crap about it in such spitefuly hurtful ways that you have no control nor would you have the emotional strenght to want to deal with lies about something already difficult to have to deal with.

    he probably new some smuck in rehab would sell who knows what to tabloids about him being there and decided to make the public statement himself. i think that took a lot of courage.

    and i do hope he gets the help he needs to get to the rooth of the problem for his and his family’s sake. i hope his kids do not suffer too badly from this…kids can be very cruel.

  • jessica

    wow!!! this story almost plays out like his role in “trust the man” . .the guy checks himself in for a sex addiction after cheating on his wife . .which i hope he did not do in real life!

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE DAVID!!!. but i have to admit that if you look back and some of his films and characters, he had some over-sexed theme going on . .hmmmmm . . .method actor possibly? i just hope he and his family can get through this.

  • Angie

    I’m sorry. I used to be a huge David Duchovny’s fan, but I don’t know know what to say about this… He’s turned into such a weirdo. Poor Tea. This must be pretty embarrassing for her.