Simon Pegg’s battle with alcoholism and depression almost killed him

Simon Pegg reveals he was ‘owned’ by his battle with alcoholism and depression which almost killed him

Simon Pegg has candidly detailed his destructive battle with alcoholism.

Revealing all to The Guardian, the actor, 48, admitted that he was ‘owned’ by his addiction which was triggered by his depression – ultimately forcing him to enter rehab in a bid to get better.

‘It was awful, terrible. It owned me,’ the Mission: Impossible – Fallout star noted before confessing to the severity of the situation in 2010: ‘I don’t think I would be here now if I hadn’t had help.’ 

Addiction: Simon Pegg, 48, has admitted that he was ‘owned’ by his alcohol addiction which was triggered by his depression – ultimately forcing him to enter rehab in a bid to get better

Simon, who has battled depression since the age of 18, revealed that entering rehab saved his life and it was there he ‘got into all the reasons he was feeling that way.’


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Essentially it was the birth of his daughter Matilda, now 9, that made him realise he needed help as he thought the addition to his family would help the situation. 

‘I thought it would fix things and it just didn’t. Because it can’t. Nothing can, other than a dedicated approach, whether that’s therapy or medication, or whatever.’

‘I don’t think I would be here now if I hadn’t had help’: The Mission: Impossible – Fallout star confessed to the severity of the situation in 2010

‘I got into all the reasons I was feeling that way’: Simon, who has battled depression since 18, revealed that entering rehab saved his life (Second from L in 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead

Before entering rehab, the Hot Fuzz star confessed to successfully being able to hide the problem for a long time before the signs became ‘too obvious’ to ignore. 

Despite his difficult journey, Simon has admitted that he is ‘not ashamed of what happened.’

Meanwhile, Simon has managed to carve out a successful career in the acting business and is one of Britain’s most prominent talents. 

‘I thought it would fix things’: Essentially it was the birth of his daughter Matilda, now 9, that made him realise he needed help as he thought the addition to his family would help

He will next be seen in action flick Mission: Impossible – Fallout alongside Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise.

Simon, who has been married to wife Maureen McCann since 2005, has appeared in the famous franchise since 2006.

Simon and Tom have formed a close friendship from the franchise, and the comic actor previously gushed over how surprisingly normal the Hollywood A-Lister is.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph in 2015, he said: ‘It makes me laugh sometimes just how much of a bloke he is.

Difficult: Before entering rehab, the Hot Fuzz star confessed to successfully being able to hide the problem for a long time before the signs became ‘too obvious’ to ignore

Learning curve: Despite his difficult journey, Simon has admitted that he is ‘not ashamed of what happened’

‘I think he does get an unfair rap for a lot of things. People just don’t know everything about him, but they think they do.’

When asked if they ever talk on a personal level, he added: ‘Sometimes, we’ll have heart-to-hearts at the end of the day.’  

The plot for Mission: Impossible – Fallout sees Ethan (Cruise) once again facing off against the Syndicate’s Solomon Lane, played by Sean Harris, and is set for release on July 27.

Movie star: He will next be seen in action flick Mission: Impossible – Fallout alongside Hollywood heavyweight and new pal Tom Cruise

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