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Bradley Cooper Opens Up About Addiction & Being Sober in 'Vanity Fair'

Bradley Cooper Opens Up About Addiction & Being Sober in 'Vanity Fair'

Bradley Cooper shoots into the corner pocket on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s January 2015 issue.

Here’s what the 39-year-old American Sniper star had to share with the mag:

On how his past addictions and losing his father prepped him for his role: “Losing someone close to me. Going through love and loss…knowing what’s important. Realizing that the bottom line is that all I got is me, so it’s about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be. Or that would give me what I think I need. As you get older, thank God, your body deteriorates, but your soul sort of flourishes.”

On not using drugs to help him get in shape for the movie: “I did it naturally because I’ve been sober for 10 years and didn’t want to do anything. I had a realistic conversation. Can I do this in three months naturally? Can I gain 30 pounds of f*cking muscle? I didn’t know if I would be able to do it or not. Thank God—luckily—my f*cking body reacted fast.”

On judgement: “I see life much more gray as I get older. I was so sort of black-and-white in my late 20s. There’s right and there’s wrong and that’s it. That’s a tough way to live…. It’s rare that I judge somebody, really rare. I think people feel that, so it’s sort of easy to get close to somebody if you don’t feel judged by them.”

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  • Jamie

    I can’t wait to read the rest of this interview. I’m also glad that he chose to gain the weight naturally for ‘American Sniper’.

  • Hello

    It makes you wonder if his comment about “it’s about time to stop trying to be something that I think you would want me to be” is directed to some of his fans. You know those who are talking about him and his love life on message boards :-)

  • Jamie

    Maybe, although that’s not the impression I got when I first read that.

  • Hello

    Maybe just a wishful thinking of a fan but….
    http://iconosquare.com/p/866652661226666897_1366791021

  • Jamie

    It looks like that person got that photo from this.

    https://uk.celebrity.yahoo.com/gossip/omg/bradley-cooper-and-suki-waterhouse-to-break-up-over-model-s-love-of-partying-124835971.html

    I would think her latest antics would be enough for him to end this relationship. I mean, what does she have to do, strip at the Oscars with him?

  • Dina Marie

    I posted this on the other thread but I would very highly doubt the photo taken by poppy is from any after party. It looks as though it was taken when they were changing out of the clothes. She left the afterparty fully clothed and with her hair up. Yahoo invented a story to go with he photo posted on Instagram.

  • Bradllifer

    The break up will come. He will have enough and she will be gone. This is just to much. And if you noticed they are seeing less and less of eachother and they don’t look happy anymore.

  • Hello

    Even that, I’m not sure that it would bother him….Remember, he doesn’t judge people :-)

  • Dina Marie

    She really wants attention. Bradley does not want Oscar voters to judge him with his ugly pr child Sucky went naked at the after party to get more media. Cara spent all her time with Kendall, Rihanna and Jourdan yesterday. She has no time for her D list follower when her real friends are around. Suki Whurehouse is a boring slat.

  • Dina Marie

    She is still not getting good movie roles. I mean even Rita Ora is getting better roles. Daddy Bradley and ugly child Sucky always looked fake happy. She has no talent. Slat Sucky still needs him to become a movie star.

  • Colette
  • Polly

    The national board of reviews ceremony is a “serious” award show or more a way of promoting movies ? I ask that because I find it strange to give award to a movie that hasn’t hit theatre at this time. The winners of the awards are a little bit unexpected too…
    American Sniper is currently at 77 % on rotten tomatoes. Only 13 reviews are counted for the moment but it give a first indication about the movie quality.

  • Jamie

    If this didn’t happen, it seems like she would have issued a comment or denial or something by now. We know she has responded to gossip bloggers before.

  • Polly

    Do some of you plan to see The Elephant Man ?

  • Hello

    It sounds good. It looks like he participated at another Q&A for AS….with his EM’s co-star as a moderator.
    http://iconosquare.com/p/866352559112850519_331562818

  • Dina Marie

    Clint Eastwood is a great director and actor. I agree with Colette Bradley is average actor. He does not deserve to be in the top 10 this year. He is number 15. He has started PR campaign lying.

  • Colette

    @Hello Good for Clint and AS. Bad for Bradley. With every award he’s not nominated or wins, the further away the 5th slot nomination for Best Actor gets.
    @Polly Technically, every award show is promoting the movie. The NBR is a “serious” award. (The ceremony is Jan 6th) This one is voted on by critics and is a barometer for how the Oscar nominations will fall. Of course it’s not a 100% guarantee. Just another + for movies, actors, etc.

  • Dina Marie

    I don’t know the point of taking my name. You can see my real posts if you click my name.

  • Dina Marie

    She seems to do that occasionally if she notices the tweet with her name. Tbh I really don’t know how anyone could think that photo is from inside a party.

  • Dolly

    Well considering that two of the people in it were wearing clothes…

  • Dolly

    I’m seeing it next week and I think @Missy is seeing it next week as well.

  • Dina Marie

    Her sister isn’t wearing the party outfit…
    There are also photos of them leaving with their clothes intact and hair still styled. Nobody else has said anything about this. A story to go with the photo is what happened

  • Colette

    Regardless of where the photo took place, it speaks volumes about Suki’s character that it’s completely believable she’d get drunk and topless at an afterparty. I’ll defend her right to discuss and post whatever she likes, but she’s not exactly subtle.

  • Dina Marie

    I’m thinking it was just an impromptu photoshoot with Her friend and sister at a hotel after. Seems like that to me

  • Colette

    The situation of how it occurred is moot. Yahoo created a false headline to gain attention to a story. Congrats, it worked.
    I think the bigger issue is posting topless photos to IG. This generation of women needs to learn you don’t need to share every.single.detail of your life on social media. Take all the naked photos you’d like. Why make that public? Not only that, it gives her more impressionable followers this false sense that this how “reality” works. I’d think a lot of us here would suffer repercussions if our bosses saw a topless photo on our IG accounts.

  • Dina Marie

    I guess it just spent offend me.

  • Colette

    It didn’t offend me. I see it as a cog in a “bigger picture” situation.

  • Dina Marie

    Clint gets best director but has average actor. Real talented actor Michael Fassbender as Chris Kyle it would be an Oscar nom for both. This article is about his acting or fighting about at which BF afterparty his classless child was naked? Lol.

  • Isabel72

    My husband and I will be in NY for New Year and he gave me as an anniversary gift tickets for the EM on the 27th

  • Colette

    I’m the week of the 14th

  • Dolly

    It didn’t offend me either which is why I didn’t comment on the original photo. I only commented today because I thought she stripped in public which it turns out was most likely not the case. Like @Colette said though, the fact that people actually see her as someone who WOULD strip in public says something.

  • Dolly

    This is another BS tab story, but it is funny. Suki isn’t doing so hot with the IG photos this week.
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/542823/Victoria-Beckham-David-Beckham-Suki-Waterhouse-stare

  • Bradllifer

    I looked at the pic you can see the sisters black outfit under the gray coat, sweater so I don’t buy that this was at the hotel right before going to bed sins both immy and poppy still obviously wearing their party outfit and she is the only naked one. But what ever, she is a whure and this Isent the first time she gotten naked like this.

  • mountainbdywhs

    I love how celebs are so happy to open up about this or that right around the time their films hit the cineplex.

  • Missy

    We lost our 34 year old son to drugs this past February. Bradly can be and should be proud of being clean. We are seeing EM next weekend but I don’t think we’ll make it. Now my 86 year old Mom is in the hospital and it’s not looking good…

  • Sugardaddy

    Make up stories for on JJ my friends my cats and 3 JJ strangers. Bradley is still drinking and drugs don’t know. Georgia was working in LA and Asia, Rita performing, Cara and Kendall in Chanel show, Jourdan in Victoria Secret while Sucky smoking with younger sister lol then posting naked pics of herself that backfired. Cara got ANOTHER big movie role. Suki Whurehouse is talentless.

  • Sugardaddy

    No, it is not.Comments on her instagram saying Victoria gave slat the side eye.Victoria has met many ugly girls who want to use David. She knows Sucky’s whury type.

  • DM
  • Bradllifer

    LOOL!!! every model looks amazingiwth fab dresses and then there is sucky, ugly, weird cloths with wholes in her pants and that chewbacca sweater making it ridicules, LOL!!!! by far the ugliest girl in the party,

  • Dolly

    I have no idea what she was thinking with that outfit. Why would you dress like a teenager going to the mall for a Victoria’s Secret after party? Have you seen what other people were wearing? At least put on a dress.

  • Dolly

    I just saw that Vanity Fair video. What is up with the elephant? Is that supposed to represent the elephant in the room? Which is what? Addiction? Fame? Suki Waterhouse?

  • Dina Marie

    The elephant man, the Broadway play he’s in…

  • Hello

    At least she was not topless :-) The fourth pic is the best…
    Four parties in four nights….Not bad.

  • Missy

    We are the 13th. I might not be able to go but hope so. I can’t wait. I think he is good actor and he looks good lately.

  • DM

    and lilly collins is in japan – love rosie premiere
    they have work not suki

  • DM

    elephant in the room = english metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.

    we all know what it represent

  • Dolly

    The EM isn’t about an elephant.

  • Jamie

    I’m not sure where a person would find a coat like that.

  • Daily Mail

    Sucky knows she is smelly when the beautiful VS girls are pretty. Maybe Sucky wasn’t invited. Didn’t walk red carpet.

  • Dolly

    She looks like a gnome in that pic.

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