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Cooper: Drugs almost ruined me

Bradley Cooper didn't want to sabotage his life and career through drink and drug addictions.

The Hollywood A-lister battled a bad run with alcohol and drugs, which he concedes affected his work even if he didn't realise that was the case at the time.

After marrying actress Jennifer Esposito in 2006, a union that lasted just four months, Bradley confronted his problems head on

"If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life," he told American GQ magazine.

"I mean, it has to have [an effect on work]. And to this day of course, because it's a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That's all anybody really does. It's inescapable."

Although Bradley remained as professional as he could throughout this dark period, he explains that just because he showed up for work doesn't mean he was doing a good job.

But the 38-year-old actor has learnt valuable life lessons from what he went through.

"I think work was getting f**ked up. In the way that if - the one thing that I've learned in life is: The best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens.

"The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have. So the answer to that question, then, is: Yes, of course it hindered the work."

While working on the set for the 2009 move All About Steve, Bradley realised that he could be himself without the need to turn to alcohol and drugs.

The process of remembering who he was as an actor was a joyful experience for the star.

"I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them. And I'm sober, and I'm like, 'Oh, I'm actually myself. And I don't have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the f**k is that about?'

"I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful."

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