Lee Ryan reveals he still struggles with alcohol but no longer uses drink to ‘forget things’ after being a ‘good alcoholic’ for ten years
Lee Ryan has revealed he still struggles with alcohol ‘now and again’ after describing himself as having been a ‘good alcoholic’ for ten years.
The Blue singer, 36, previously told how he would sometimes drink a bottle of whiskey a day to ‘numb the pain’ but he has put those days behind him.
Speaking to The Sun Online, he said: ‘I still struggle now and again. I struggle in my own way that I don’t use drink to forget and that was the point.’
Interview: Lee Ryan, 36, has revealed he still struggles with alcohol after describing himself as having been a ‘good alcoholic’ for ten years (pictured in August 2019)
Lee, who is appearing on the current series of Celebs Go Dating, told how he still drinks socially but not ‘inwardly’.
He said: ‘Those days are completely behind me now, where I’d use anything to forget. If anything, now I have a couple of beers to relax and be social but there was points where I wouldn’t drink socially, I would drink inwardly and the bottle was my friend.’
Lee went on to the say that he’s happy he never became dependent on drugs but added that he ‘dabbled’ with them in the past.
‘I’ve never been a big drug person, and I’m quite happy about that. I’m so happy that I was never mad on drugs,’ he said.
Honesty: The Blue singer told how he would sometimes drink two bottles of whiskey a day to ‘numb the pain’ but he has put those days behind him
Lee gave up alcohol when he appeared on Strictly Come Dancing last year but began drinking again following his appearance on the show.
Writing in Blue’s memoir, All Rise, Lee said: ‘If I had to quantify it, I could safely say at that point in my life, I was drinking around a bottle of whisky a night.
‘It was all going in the wrong direction as they say, and I’d had warnings from my doctor, but if I’m honest I wasn’t paying them any heed because I wanted to get properly lost.’
The Strictly Come Dancing star added that he was in a shaky mental state when he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.
He said: ‘I still struggle now and again. I struggle in my own way that I don’t use drink to forget and that was the point’ (pictured in July 2019)
When he was arrested for drink-driving and held in a police cell after leaving the house, he ‘taunted’ the officers there.
Speaking in the tell-all book All Rise, he said: ‘The destructive behaviour I’d been hell-bent on for over a year had reached its only logical conclusion.
The reports said that I urinated in the police cell. I don’t actually remember but the truth is, I was hoping they would beat me up so I may well have been taunting them to fight me. When people are telling you over and over again you’re a piece of s*** you start to believe it.
‘I wanted them to chuck me away and leave me alone. I wanted to get lost. I think you reflect what you’re given so I’d absorbed all the anger and abuse that had been directed at me and this was how it was coming out.’
Lee went to rehab for a second time after that and gradually overhauled his life by going to the gym and weening himself off alcohol.
Lee added: ‘I’ve never been a big drug person, and I’m quite happy about that. I’m so happy that I was never mad on drugs’ (pictured in August 2019)