Bradley Cooper Recalls Feeling 'So Lost' During Cocaine Addiction Years

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Bradley Cooper has opened opened up about his past battles with addiction and the impact it had on his self-esteem.

The 47-year-old actor and director recalled realising he had an unhealthy relationship with drugs and alcohol during a recent appearance on Amazon Music and Wondery's Smartless podcast.

He said: 'I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine — that was the other thing.

'I severed my Achilles tendon right after I got fired-slash-quit Alias.'

Cooper added that he struggled with 'zero self-esteem' at the time.

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Going into depth about this difficult time that occurred in his late twenties, the Hangover Star explained: 'I did have the benefit of that happening when I was 29. I thought I made it when I got a Wendy's commercial. ... In terms of the made-it thing, that's when I made it.

'But I definitely did not feel, moving to Los Angeles for Alias feeling like I was back in high school: I could not get into any clubs, no girls wanted to look at me. I was totally depressed. It wasn't really until The Hangover.

'I was 36 when I did The Hangover, so I got to go through all those things before fame even played into my existence on a daily level. So all that happened before any of that.'

Will Arnett, who hosts the podcast alongside actors Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes, referred to Cooper's realisation of his addiction as the actor's 'metamorphosis'.

Arnett, who is also a close friend of Cooper's, added: 'Having those realisations and having that change allowed you to— that's what opened you up and allowed you to be you.'

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

Cooper replied: 'It's true. I definitely made major breakthroughs at 29 to 33, 34, where at least I was able to stand in front of somebody and breathe and listen and talk.'

The Oscar-nominated actor highlighted that he started to change his life in July 2004 with the help of Arnett who added: 'It has been awesome seeing you in this place and seeing you comfortable. Nothing has made me happier.

'It's made me happy to see you so happy with who you are.'

Cooper, who shares five-year-old daughter Lea De Seine with with his ex Irina Shayk, explained that becoming a father helped him develop self-esteem.

'Fatherhood is … everything changed,' Cooper said.

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Photo credit: Jamie McCarthy - Getty Images

'Every single thing is absolutely shaded by, or brought into glorious colours, by the fact that I get to be a father to a wonderful human being.

'You have this wonderful thing or breakthrough with a script, or you have a wonderful moment on this set or in an editing room … you have like 40 of those moments every day with your kid, that are that level of joy.

'That's not spinning it, that's just the truth.'

In December 2013, Cooper opened up to GQ about his sobriety, saying: 'If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.'

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