Gerard Butler Opens Up About Rehab: “Maybe a Stronger Person Wouldn’t Have Needed to Go”

Gerard in Rehab
Butler in rehab for substance abuse.
Gerard Butler has opened up about the three weeks he spent at the Betty Ford Center in February. He says he wasn’t there for the reason you might think.

The Bounty Hunter star told Men’s Journal he checked himself into the pain-management program after a surfing accident while shooting Chasing Mavericks, which is in theaters on Oct. 26. (The November issue featuring the interview isn’t out yet, but excerpts from Butler’s remarks have been popping up at E! Online and elsewhere.)

The Scottish star reportedly told the magazine that rumors of him entering the treatment facility for alcohol-related issues really “pissed [him] off.” In fact, he said, “I haven’t had a drink in 15 years.”

So why, exactly, did he check himself in?

“Maybe a stronger person wouldn’t have needed to go,” said the 42-year-old, who admits to having an addictive personality. He said that was why he wanted to take precautionary measures to safely wean himself off of pain meds following the surfing accident. “I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in,” he said. “It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you.”

“The [instructor] would say, ‘I don’t want to hear about your f**king MRIs or your f**king X-rays, let’s learn how to say to the pain, f**k you.’”

Butler said his stint in rehab has paid off his personal life. For one thing, he is reportedly dating Romanian lingerie model Madalina Ghenea, with eyewitnesses having spotted them kissing and hugging in the French Riviera.

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