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Monday 18 December 2017

Clooney confesses - I get lonely, I can't sleep and I drink too much

GEORGE Clooney has admitted he gets lonely, struggles to sleep at night and "sometimes drinks too much".

The actor's disclosure came weeks after his friend Brad Pitt spoke about dealing with depression in the 1990s.

In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney said: "Anyone would be lying if they said they didn't get lonely at times. The loneliest you will get is in the most public of arenas.

"You will go to a place and end up in the smallest compartment possible, because it's a distraction to everybody, and you end up not getting to enjoy it like everyone else."

He added: "I have been infinitely more alone in a bad relationship. There's nothing more isolating. I have been in places in my life where that has existed."

The actor said he had in the past been cheated on, ditched and "left for someone, all those things".

Divorced

Clooney (50) who is nominated for a best actor Oscar for The Descendants, is divorced from actress Talia Balsam.

He is currently in a relationship with former professional wrestler Stacy Keibler.

He said: "I drink at times too much. I do enjoy drinking, and there have been times in my life when it's crossed the line from being fun to having to drink late at night for absolutely no reason. So what I do is, I stop. I haven't had a drink since New Year's Eve."

He is in bed by 10pm most evenings, but said: "Without question I wake up every night five times."

Clooney also admitted to having sampled cocaine as a young actor. He has previously joked that he could not run for public office because he had "slept with too many women, done too many drugs and been to too many parties".

The actor described how he was "unhappy" before finding stardom in the television hospital drama ER in 1994. He also spoke about how he lives with chronic pain following a head injury sustained during filming in 2005.

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