A Brand new day

Russell Brand has found something to live for.

In an article for “Details” magazine, Brand opens up about his wild rocker drug/sex/fame addicted past and how his recent marriage to Katy Perry has changed his attitude and outlook on life.


“Because now I have something to protect, and that’s very odd indeed,” Brand stated. “There are a lot of things you have to amend to be in a monogamous relationship.”

Eight years sober now, Brand has somewhat tamed his carnal ways and even his outward appearance: His famously ratted long hair and scraggly beard have been replaced by smooth, shoulder-length locks and a much more clean shaven face (well, clean shaven by BRAND’s standards. More like Brad Pitt stubble-chic.)

I don’t know too much about Brand except that whenever he appears on late-night talk shows I find MYSELF strangely addicted and totally engrossed in what he’s talking about: meeting the queen, learning to drive, introducing his and Katy’s cats.

Is it the accent? The quick-wit? The fact that he’s so totally completely honest and outspoken and out there that you’re waiting in awe of what he’ll say – or do – next?

I think one of the things that make Russell Brand so intriguing is the fact that he is living his life on camera. The good, the bad and the ugly are played out on his very own life stage, and that’s why people are so drawn to him. He’s made a mess of his life previously, and then piece by piece he’s started putting it back together again with the help of a girl named Katy. They even have matching tattoos on their biceps that read: “GO WITH THE FLOW,” something Brand has never had an easy time with.

“It really does make my mates laugh, though. I do not go with the flow. I quarrel with flows. I build dams. I drain lakes. I split oceans when required.”

I know it’s been debated whether or not a person can change their spouse, and I don’t think that’s possible; however, I do believe a person can have a profound influence on another person’s life through example, love and acceptance. And, then, make them WANT to change or stay true for them. (Although it does seem somewhat odd to me that a girl as racy and raunchy as Katy Perry could do that for him.)

The media has always been a sucker for a good Cinderella story, and Russell Brand has turned his upside down life right side up – at least for now.

“The only way to cope (with my addiction) is with a program. If you stop doing the recovery, even eating too much chocolate, something will flare up, and I know where that leads, because I’ve been there before. To me, the gravity is heroin, and then death.”

Hopefully that is far down the path for the shockingly intriguing Russell Brand.

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