Daniel Radcliffe, the title star of the Harry Potter series, has been accused of being on drugs. At just 24, the media has printed plenty of articles “exposing” the actor’s drug abuse, but Daniel says that’s not the case. He shared, “The thing is there are so many high profile cases of people who started young and then screwed up.” Daniel says he likes to hang around people who keep him honest, and that means staying away from drugs.
The media is quick to reveal actors who did drugs or are on any illegal substance – and sometimes they add fuel to the fire for some very incorrect rumors. The best way to know (when their isn’t any concrete evidence) is to go straight to the source. That’s why we’ve compiled 10 self-proclaimed celebrity drug users and their substance of choice. From Toronto, Canada’s dirty (not-so) secret to Hollywood’s hunks to billionaire geniuses, this list includes many different types of rich and famous celebs. See who’s admitted to doing what.
George Clooney, Marijuana, Cocaine
Actor, producer, philanthropist, ladies man – there’s a lot of ways to describe George Clooney. The 52-year-old said his wild past is just what would keep him out of office. “I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics,” he shared. “I f***ed too many chicks and did too many drugs.” Clooney tried marijuana and cocaine, though he said the latter just didn’t do it for him. Seems his mantra for using drugs is about it being fun. (We’re not surprised then that former admitted drug users Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are some of his closest friends.) If he catches himself drinking or doing any drugs alone without reason, he stops. Seems like Clooney’s very happy to be living the life of an eternal party-boy!
Nicolas Cage, Mushrooms, Cocaine
Cage describes himself as a “pretty boring guy” but when it comes to his stories about trying drugs, they are anything but boring. Cage has “dabbled”, as he would describe it, in different types of drugs over the years.
The 50-year-old actor also swears that an Australian doctor prescribed him cocaine for a sinus infection before he was slated to film a movie back in 2009. “They still use cocaine to clear your sinuses and it’s a true story,” he revealed. Then there was the time he tried various drugs for six months at a time just for fun.
Despite his wild tales of drug uses, Cage also admitted he was once addicted to hard drugs back in his twenties, making his life a “nightmare”, though he hasn’t had any similar experiences while doing drugs since then.
Charlie Sheen, Marijuana, Cocaine
When it comes to life, Sheen‘s certainly winning again. The actor’s got his own show (Anger Management) and new a new fiancee (who although is a adult film actress, we’re sure that’s just the way Charlie likes it.) And while his lifestyle is still a bit too racy for most, he seems very much past his public meltdown from a few years back. Sheen can’t quite put his finger on what lead him into a downward spiral, but he does admit that doing cocaine for 28 years didn’t help. (Depending on the quality, it may have cost him at least $100 every time he used cocaine.)
Charlie’s now off those “hard drugs” but he isn’t off drugs completely. Charlie revealed, “I burn a little herb. Who doesn’t?”
Charlie’s tried to reach out and help another substance abuse addict, Lindsay Lohan, and even had her guest star on his new show.
Snoop Dogg, Marijuana
This list wouldn’t be complete without Snoop Dogg. For Snoop – also known as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. – marijuana is part of his image. He raps about it, he does it on stage and in videos, and he supports legalization. Snoop’s even been temporarily banned from Norway for trying to bring in 8 grams of cannabis into the country. That’s just one of his drug-related incidents; this hip-hop legend has also been arrested for possession, fined and sentenced. He’s even made “green brownies” with Martha Stewart – not many people can say that!
The rapper has revealed that he smokes with his eldest son, saying, “What better way than to [learn] from the master?” Snoop’s rumored to smoke 80 blunts per day, which depending on the quality could cost him at least $500 per week. He does have a “platinum” medical marijuana card – and hey, it’s Snoop – so one can assume the quality is probably pretty darn good.
Snoop recently made headlines in Australia for smoking so much weed that the fire alarm went off. Fire fighters showed up to the scene only to realize it was a false alarm, simply just a smoke filled room and one laid back celebrity.
Steve Jobs, LSD, Marijuana, Hash
When it comes to this hallucinogenic drug, Jobs was very open about how LSD had a “life-changing” impact on the Apple founder. There’s even Pentagon files showing that in a government security clearance questionnaire, Jobs shared exactly just how much LSD he was using. Jobs used the drug 15 times over a two year span in the ’70s. “I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube,” he’d said. The technology genius also admitted to smoking up or cooking mind-altering drugs into brownies. Much like other celebs (such as Lady Gaga), Jobs says the high helped his creativity. Seems Jobs isn’t the only tech celebrity to try LSD; Bill Gates also admitted to trying it as well.
Robert Downey Jr., Cocaine, Heroin, Marijuana
There’s not too many people – rich and famous or otherwise – who can say they became addicted to drugs at age 8. Downey‘s father admitted to giving his son his first hit of pot at just 6-years-old. There’s not too many Academy Award nominated actors who also started acting in films at just 5 either.
By his early thirties, Downey was deep into drugs, and ended up in and out of court and rehab on drug-related charges. Despite nailing a role on Ally McBeal (of which he was nominated for a Golden Globe), Downey was a mess. “It was my lowest point in terms of addiction. At that stage, I didn’t give a f**k whether I ever acted again.” It took the prospect of more jail time, lost roles and divorce to get him to turn his life around.
The Iron Man star has had quite the comeback within the last decade, since becoming clean. Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, two of his more recent films, each took in over $1 billion.
Robbie Williams, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana, Prescription Pills
On the surface, Robbie Williams was living a party-boy lifestyle of booze, drugs and loose women. In reality, the British pop star was struggling with mental illness, self-esteem issues and addiction. While still part of the boy band Take That, Robbie began developing depression, and turned to drugs to deal with it. His drug abuse became severe: “I was so deep into addiction I knew I was probably going to die soon but I didn’t care.” He went on to describe doing “a whole cocktail of drugs”. He said: “My left arm went numb I was doing so much cocaine.” Robbie entered rehab several times before it worked, and he’s been sober for 13 years. While he’s off hard drugs, he still smokes pot to relax; he’s controversially said he’d get his daughter drugs when she grows up and do them with her if she should ever want to try it.
Russell Brand, Heroin
The English comedian, who’s known for pushing the boundaries, wrote frankly about drugs: “The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday.” Although Brand‘s been clean for over 10 years, he spoke of how severe his addiction had become. Brand could’ve easily been spending around $50 a day on his addiction back then.
In moments of weakness, it still lurks in the back of his mind as an outlet to numb any problem. “Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem and drugs and alcohol are my solution,” he admitted, while discussing Amy Winehouse‘s tragic death resulting from substance abuse. Brand’s been working to help addicts deal with their issues and beat their addictions for several years.
Rob Ford, Crack Cocaine
You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have heard about Toronto’s embarrassing little secret. The Canadian mayor finally revealed after continuous interrogations by the media: “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine but am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately a year ago.” Rob Ford (who’s now a house hold name across Canada and the States) has been in the media for his wild antics from his comments about sex to allegations of being with prostitutes. There’s already published books out on his drug abuse and scandalous time in office (of which isn’t over yet), and not only has he been parodied in Hollywood (SNL) but he’s made the rounds on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live. We wonder what he’ll be caught doing next?
President Barack Obama, Marijuana
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid,” admitted President Obama to The New Yorker. With two states (Washington and Denver) recently legalizing the drug, the President went on to say, “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” He did note that he thinks its a “bad idea” and hasn’t done it since. The President also shared that he made mistakes and bad decisions as a teen, but used those experiences to advise his daughters not to try it. First lady Michelle also spoke about her husband’s drug use and when he decided to quit: “By the time he was in college, like so many young people, he realized that he could do more with his life.”
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