September 13, 2013

Recovering Robin Williams: ‘Regrets don’t help.’

Actor and comedian Robin Williams has battled alcoholism and suffered two difficult divorces, but in a recent interview with Parade magazine he says he refuses to dwell on regrets.

Williams, 62, relapsed after 20 years of sobriety in 2005, but is clean and sober now and starring in the new CBS sitcom, “The Crazy Ones,” which premieres on Sept. 26.

“The idea of having a steady job is appealing,' he tells Parade magazine of his decision to get back into television.

In the interview Williams also talks about his personal life, including his two most recent struggles: divorce and alcoholism.

“Divorce is expensive,” he said. “I used to joke they were going to call it 'all the money,' but they changed it to 'alimony.It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.'”

His relapse came while shooting “The Big White” in 2005, and broke 20 years of sobriety.

“One day I walked into a store and saw a little bottle of Jack Daniel's. And then that voice – I call it the 'lower power' – goes, ‘Hey. Just a taste. Just one,’'' he said. “I drank it, and there was that brief moment of, 'Oh, I'm okay!' But it escalated so quickly.”

Within a week he was fully hooked again, and his family intervened in 2006 to get him back into rehab.

Williams has a simple answer for Parade when asked whether he has any regrets.

“No. Regrets don’t help,” he said.


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