I had to clean my act up John Partridge didnt think hed be here today amid addiction

MasterChef: John Partridge emotional after judges' feedback

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John Partridge said “life can not be better” at the moment after signing up as the lead star in Proud Cabaret’s All Stars show this month, but admitted life was completely different a few years back when he battled an alcohol and drug addiction. In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, the 50-year-old actor said the death of his mum “was a catalyst to look at my life and to clean my act up.”

“Really, it was a parting gift to me and I started to consider my own mortality.

“When you watch life leave somebody, it has a profound effect on you. I lost my father when I was very young.

“I didn’t understand it then, it didn’t resonate like it did with my mum because obviously we cared for her until right at the end,” he added.

The ex EastEnders star said his heartache made him rethink about what he wanted to do with his life.

“The path that I was on, was not helpful to me, it was not conducive to that.”

The actor has openly discussed his battle with drink and drugs in the past, which he has now overcome.

John said he counts himself as “one of the lucky ones” to battle his addiction and still be alive today.

“I’m in a completely different place,” he added.

“I do still have goals and aspirations, had I not had a reason in order to change my life and find something different, I don’t know if I’d be having this conversation with you now.

“I was fortunate in some way to have my mum’s parting gift to me and I’m eternally grateful for that.”

After Bridget’s death, John found a new love for cooking and went on to win MasterChef in 2018.

On the show, he said: “My life was rapidly spinning out of control with substance abuse and alcohol.

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“I would get up and go to the supermarket, I would buy groceries and I would stand here and cook all day, so I didn’t have a minute in the day to think about something else.”

At the time, he celebrated being seven months clean and 185 days sober.

Now in a better place, the performer is back doing what he loves best on stage.

The actor has signed up for a three-night stint at London’s Proud Embankment.

Speaking of his new role, he said he was very much looking forward to embracing “fans, leather and lace”.

“This really is a love letter to my 50th year really especially after the period that everybody in the performing arts and hospitality sector has gone through,” he spilled.

“This is an opportunity for me to release that tensed up energy of the last 18 months! I’m bursting at the seams.

“I’m looking forward to bringing all of that flavour and using all my energy at Proud Cabaret.”

For tickets and more information, please visit: https://proudcabaret.com

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