Millie’s Sober Spring hacks - Week five

Millie Gooch | April 2024 | 6 minutes

Sober influencer extraordinaire Millie Gooch is back for another round of weekly hacks to help you power through your mid-week slump. This week, Millie focuses on some words of wisdom from sober celebs!

Whilst sobriety isn’t just a celebrity trend, there’s still plenty of notable names binning the booze. Hearing sober and sober curious stories can be mega inspiring, so here’s a few of my favourites!

1. Eva Mendes

In 2008, actress Eva Mendes entered rehab. Since then, she has led a sober life! While Eva has not publicly detailed her motivations for entering rehab, she has openly discussed the broader topic of addiction. Reflecting on the stigma often associated with rehab, she mentioned reading a comment from a long-time actress who expressed pride in never needing rehab. Mendes countered this perspective by emphasising the courage it takes to confront and work through personal issues, stating, “I’m proud of people who have the determination and the fearlessness to actually go and face their demons and get better. This is a life-or-death situation.”

2. Pharrell Williams 

Pharrell Williams, renowned for his infectious track "Happy," carved his niche as a producer and celebrity within the hip-hop scene, surrounded by the extravagant lifestyle of drugs and alcohol. However, Williams chose a different path. Despite the pressures of an industry where substance use is often normalised, Williams has remained mindful about his consumption. Williams himself puts it, “Everybody else can do what they want, but that stuff isn't for me.”

Tom Holland

Spiderman actor Tom Holland opened up on the "On Purpose with Jay Shetty" podcast about his sobriety journey, calling quitting alcohol “the best thing I’ve ever done.” After a heavy-drinking Christmas in 2021 led to a sobering January realisation, he was alarmed by his constant thoughts of drinking. “All I could think about was having a drink … It really scared me,” he admitted. Holland reflected, “I just sort of said to myself, like, ‘Why? Why am I enslaved to this drink? Why am I so obsessed by the idea of having this drink?’” By his 26th birthday in June 2022, five months sober, Holland shared he was “the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” citing improved sleep and coping skills as key benefits of his sobriety.

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