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Gerard Butler Opens Up About Rehab

Gerard Butler Opens Up About Rehab

Gerard Butler sits down for lunch with some friends at a French restaurant on Sunset Boulevard on Thursday afternoon (October 18) in Los Angeles.

The 42-year-old recently opened up about the time that he spent in rehab earlier this year to address issues with prescription drugs.

“Maybe a stronger person wouldn’t have needed to go,” Gerard told Men’s Journal. “When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f–ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it. I’ve made a s–tload of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I’ve made some right ones as well.”

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  • Alina


  • Good Luck Mavs

    His nieces have grown into such lovely young ladies, from the adorable small girls they were at the Nim’s premiere. Very nice to see his family again. Hope the film does well.

  • Manny

    @Here’s an idea!:
    This just another PR pap event. If he wanted privacy why is he eating in the heart of Papland, on Sunset, outside… That’s right. So we will all go all “he’s with his family, look how cute he is with his nieces” gooey.
    His last PR stunt failed so let’s pull out the family/nieces card… Ugh… This guy is so damn predictable. Next he will be helping little old ladies cross the street or rescuing a kitten from a tree.
    Saw that bit on CDAN about drinking piccies. I wonder if this his PR wonder team’s next chess move? If his statement of being alcohol free for so long really airs publicly I agree with the poster that said this could all backfire. I wonder if good old Gerry’s PR team knows what FUBAR means…
    As for him looking angry, he’s an actor for chrissakes… Probably his best performance lately. A helluva lot better than the lovefest atrocity with Macaroni IMO.

  • Quangena

    Why is his family in California in October? Don’t the girls have school? I find this very interesting.

  • DocP

    @Manny: It looks like maybe he is “joining” his family which measn they picked the seating area? Just a thought.

  • Totally Useless Information

    If my brother invited my children to a premiere of his movie, I’d take my kids out of school to attend. I see nothing wrong here.

  • Alina
  • Alina
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  • Hollywood Jail

    Wow! He’s aged a lot. He is, and will always be a very beautiful looking man. Always.
    But he looks very old for only 42. I’m sorry, but not even George Clooney’s skin is that fried and he’s 51!
    Gerry is still yummy to the core however : )

  • Hollywood Jail

    Interesting post Manny, but I don’t get why if he set this up as PR, does he look so angry.
    I think if it was a genuine PR pap opportunity, he would’ve have ‘sold’ it better by laughing with his family.
    I think his nieces being there are a major factor in why he’s angry.

  • Alina
  • Hollywood Jail

    @Hollywood Jail:
    “I think his nieces being there are a major factor in why he’s angry.”
    *I meant, why he’s angry at the paps. They are kids. I know I’m just as protective over my little brother : )

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Oh how I love ginger babies/children. So pretty. That blonde looks eerily like one of my cousins.

  • DocP

    @Hollywood Jail: I agree I think his skin looks more wind and sun burned than Clooneys but I cant help but wonder if Clooney does the fake dye like Jennifer Aniston. It keeps the skin younger looking but still tanned. I don’t like it on me but I’m sure they have a better version than what I am willing to pay. I think he looks good, definately better lighting than those So. of france pics. he’s in his element among his fans and fellow actors.

  • I think

    Do you think in the last pics of him in France he could have been upset because some big name people weren’t going to make it to the premiere?

  • Hollywood Jail

    I think Clooney is lucky because he’s naturally more of an olive skin tone. Darker skin always holds up better than very pale skin.
    A Scotsman burning in his skin in the sun without sunscreen was never going to end well lol!
    I think we’ve all missed that smile. I bet he feels relieved to be amongst family during the day and now his fans at night. He’s got support. He just needed to be reminded of that.

  • SouthernBelle

    Alina – thanks for all the pic links. Hope he had a good turnout for the showing.

  • dargabriel

    Good evening from eagle with love. Looking great mr. B., but you look angry, I agree with poster, could it be the paps? But you like exposure, where is the love of your life? m lady,lol, anyways, I hope everyone is having a grand night. Love and light, dar6669gabriel

  • Hollywood Jail

    @I think:
    It’s impossible to imagine what he was thinking about in those photos in France where he’s sitting alone, and admittedly, looking quite miserable.
    It could have been about a million different things.
    I had a friend in college who went through this period of being very distant and came to class a few times looking sad. She made it clear that she didn’t want to talk about it. A few weeks later she finally revealed that she was upset because her cat had died. She had the cat since childhood and felt too embarrassed to talk about why she was really upset.
    Sometimes, it’s the most obscure things that upset people, that you would never guess in a million years.
    He may have lost a friend, or a business deal.
    Or, he may have had gas. It can be quite painful sometimes lol!
    Who knows right?
    I wouldn’t read into it too much.

  • dargabriel

    What a gorgeous family, oh my gosh I love babies, the children, lucky Gerry. Have a great time at your premiere. Good night, love dar

  • Alina

    new thread!!!!



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  • Asian Flower

    @ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS: No we can’t idiot. Go away. We are however, hotter than plain old white chicks ew out of style

  • Luna

    His nieces are quite boring looking plain girls.
    Not stunners, not cute either in fact quite plain.
    Too bad.

  • Wow…

    @Luna… Keep in mind you’re talking about innocent children now. The venom spewed on here has reached a new low…

  • I think

    I think that was uncalled for. Can you imagine if one of their friends read that and repeated it to them. It could cause lasting damage.

  • fan

    There’s Frammie front and center in the getty photos in the sidewalk photo.

  • what

    @Luna: You are one sick person. May you reap what you sow. May bad karma come down on you.

  • mystic meg

    @Totally Useless Information: It’s school half term this week or next, depending in where you live in the UK. Just a holiday treat to see one of the few family friendly films Gerry makes.
    Have to say its the first time I’ve seen Brian looking better than Gerry , and he has less natural grey than G under all his orange home dye. Cheers for the older man!

  • I think


    Who is the woman standing next to Frammie–I see her alot also?

  • I think

    @mystic meg:

    Do you know how old Brian is?

  • I think

    I read something at WO that moniker Scotishdreamer’s name was Brian.
    Is that G;s brother posting there?

  • ALM

    I read the Mens Journal article and he openly talks about his rehab stint and his girlfriend MG

  • ALM

    So I assume that since that magazine came out that that is why they are bringing the rehab thing up now

  • NitaLita

    Nothing like family time. His nieces get to enjoy the California sun for their half -term break.

  • I think


    That’s interesting that he talked about MG in the Mens’Journal. What did he say about her? Also I thought he interviewed for that back in June?

  • Jasssie

    @I think:
    Yeah, I thought he was interviewed for that article a few months ago. But maybe he was already sure about her back then?
    I haven’t read the article either but I thought the quote that was pulled was something about ‘being spontaneous and having a good feeling about her’.
    Wasn’t that it?

  • ALM

    I don’t know the time frame of when the interview was done but it was while he was on location I believe in Shreveport – and she was staying with him and while they took a helicopter (the person interviewing him and gerard butler) he texted “his girlfriend” on the phone and told her to come out on the wrap around porch and wave that they were going to be
    above the house shortly..

  • ALM

    The magazine has him on the front cover – great picture and very nice article – talks about rehab, mavericks and when he went under, briefly about MG.

  • Jasssie

    Thanks for the information : )
    This is what I’ve found which I think is a part of the interview:
    “The action star explained to the US magazine that he was so lovestruck when he met stunning lingerie model Madalina Ghenea that he impulsively invited her to go to Iceland with him.
    As you do.
    But, while he admitted that some may view his actions as “impulsive”, Gerard has revealed that he has absolutely no regrets:
    “I’ve been impulsive, but not that impulsive.”
    “I just had a good feeling.”
    So there you have it ladies. It must have been love at first sight for the man. And with the photos of them in France, I’d say he is still pretty in love with her.
    I think their romance is a lot longer and deeper than we know about.
    I didn’t even know that they went to Iceland together.

  • Esther

    I’m glad he went to rehab, I’m loving how he looks now. hot again instead of that ruff look. :/ I like this short hair, the stud that he is :)

  • ALM

    Yes that was in the article. I thought it was a good interview. Hope others get to read it. Wishing him the best. Still good eye candy to me!!! Everyone should be able to voice opinion one way or the other but not necessary to condemn if they don’t agree.

  • I think


    I trying to think when in the past year they could have gone to Iceland together—–we know about Scotland.
    When other time was he out of site????

  • anglesrock


    Maybe the girls were excited to eat outside. They are on vacation and want to experience Hollywood. Not be stuck inside. He is just acting like a protective pit bull over his littler. Again, not that big of a deal.

  • anglesrock

    Thank you, Alina. Nice pics!! Nice to see Frosty there!

  • http://JJ Paisley

    His nieces are lovely wee Scottish lassies.I hope auntie mada doesn’t give them any tips.

  • Rebecca

    Its human to make mistakes. Yes he got addicted to drugs but at least he fixed the problem. Some people choose to ignore the problem and deny their is an issue. To me its the strong person who admit it and attempts to get help.

  • Hmmm

    No Maddie at the family lunch?
    She didn’t walk the red carpet at the premiere with him,either.
    She’s defo ‘The One’______#NOT.