Darren Day admits he went on a week-long cocaine binge after hitting rock bottom in lockdown

Darren Day has admitted that he went on a week-long drug binge which saw him not sleep, eat or change his clothes for seven days after he hit rock bottom in lockdown.

The TV and theatre star, 53, told in a new interview how he barricaded himself in his bathroom and took ’20 to 30 grammes of cocaine’ within the week after his company went bust and his work dried up as a result of the pandemic. 

Describing the state he’d got himself in to, Darren likened his appearance to ‘the walking dead’, before revealing that it was his pal Robbie Williams and sixth fiancée, Sophie Ladds, that had come to his rescue. 

Honest: Darren Day has admitted that he went on a week-long drugs binge which saw him not sleep, eat or change his clothes for seven days after he hit rock bottom in lockdown

The singer and actor has always been open about his struggles with addiction in the past – stating he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after enduring ‘dark days’ of excessive cocaine and alcohol abuse. 

And speaking to The Sun on Sunday, Darren candidly opened up about his latest relapse which occurred 16 months ago, with the now sober star back to full health and starring in two touring productions.

Detailing the difficult time he faced during the first lockdown, Darren told how he spiralled into despair after his company went into liquidation, rehearsals for his shows were scrapped and his earnings suffered.

He emotionally recalled: ‘I barricaded myself in the bathroom for seven days. I didn’t eat at all. I didn’t change my clothes for a week. I didn’t sleep. It was last May and I was so stressed, I hadn’t earned since February 2020 and I was four days away from rehearsals for Footloose when all the theatres closed.’

Binge: The TV and theatre star, 53, told in a new interview how he barricaded himself in his bathroom and took '20 to 30 grammes of cocaine' within the week (pictured in 2017)

Binge: The TV and theatre star, 53, told in a new interview how he barricaded himself in his bathroom and took '20 to 30 grammes of cocaine' within the week (pictured in 2017)

Binge: The TV and theatre star, 53, told in a new interview how he barricaded himself in his bathroom and took ’20 to 30 grammes of cocaine’ within the week (pictured in 2017)

He added how he wasn’t entitled to furlough and Universal Credit and after reaching the end of his tether one night, decided to break his sobriety, telling himself that he’ll ‘just have a few lines’.

However, those few lines turned into £2,000 worth of the class A drug, with Darren adding: ‘I locked myself in the bathroom for seven days. It’s not an exaggeration. I physically locked myself in the ensuite bathroom to our spare room, on my own, for seven days.’ 

Of his partner Sophie’s reaction, whom he became engaged to in August 2020, Darren said that she was ‘sad’ and ‘didn’t know how’ to deal with things as she’s ‘never seen him’ like that before. 

He went on: ‘I lost a week of my life. I did about 20 to 30 grammes of cocaine. I kept going until it was gone. I sat at the top of the stairs and I sobbed like I’ve never sobbed before.’

Rock bottom: Describing the state he'd got himself in to, Darren likened his appearance to 'the walking dead', before revealing that it was his pal Robbie Williams and sixth fiancée, Sophie Ladds, that had come to his rescue (pictured in 2016)

Rock bottom: Describing the state he'd got himself in to, Darren likened his appearance to 'the walking dead', before revealing that it was his pal Robbie Williams and sixth fiancée, Sophie Ladds, that had come to his rescue (pictured in 2016)

Rock bottom: Describing the state he’d got himself in to, Darren likened his appearance to ‘the walking dead’, before revealing that it was his pal Robbie Williams and sixth fiancée, Sophie Ladds, that had come to his rescue (pictured in 2016)

He added that in that moment he thought about Sophie and his children and thought that not only did they ‘deserve better’, but so didhe, with the TV personality telling how he’d ‘never felt that’ before. 

At the end of his drugs binge, his partner informed him that he had looked like ‘a zombie’, with Darren confirming that he looked ‘like the walking dead’. 

Deciding to sort his life out, the former Celebrity Big Brother star called up pal Robbie Williams – who has faced his own demons in the past – who then put Darren in touch with his mental health team.

Robbie’s help then saw Darren attending Zoom meetings and once again having a sponsor after he had previously taken his ‘eye off the ball’ in terms of his recovery.

Struggles: I barricaded myself in the bathroom for seven days. I didn’t eat at all. I didn’t change my clothes for a week. I didn’t sleep. It was last May and I was so stressed' (pictured in 2017)

Struggles: I barricaded myself in the bathroom for seven days. I didn’t eat at all. I didn’t change my clothes for a week. I didn’t sleep. It was last May and I was so stressed' (pictured in 2017)

Struggles: I barricaded myself in the bathroom for seven days. I didn’t eat at all. I didn’t change my clothes for a week. I didn’t sleep. It was last May and I was so stressed’ (pictured in 2017)

Difficult: Of his partner Sophie's reaction, whom he became engaged to in August 2020, Darren said that she was 'sad' and 'didn't know how' to deal with things as she's 'never seen him' like that before

Difficult: Of his partner Sophie's reaction, whom he became engaged to in August 2020, Darren said that she was 'sad' and 'didn't know how' to deal with things as she's 'never seen him' like that before

Difficult: Of his partner Sophie’s reaction, whom he became engaged to in August 2020, Darren said that she was ‘sad’ and ‘didn’t know how’ to deal with things as she’s ‘never seen him’ like that before 

On Robbie, who in 2019 paid for Darren to go to rehab in 2019, Darren said the Angels hitmaker ‘wasn’t disappointed’ in him for relapsing, adding that Robbie ‘sees a lot of me in him’. 

During the same frank interview, Darren also told for the first time how he developed a crack addiction between 2001-2005, which he described as ‘ridiculously intense’.

He explained how he was grateful that he didn’t go down the route of taking heroin, but described smoking crack as his ‘darkest days’.

Darren has now turned his life around and is back on the stage again in productions Footloose and Chicago, with the theatre veteran describing this time as his ‘last chance saloon’ after battling to get theatre producers to have ‘faith’ in him again. 

Help: Deciding to sort his life out, the former Celebrity Big Brother star called up pal Robbie Williams, who then put Darren in touch with his mental health team

Help: Deciding to sort his life out, the former Celebrity Big Brother star called up pal Robbie Williams, who then put Darren in touch with his mental health team

Help: Deciding to sort his life out, the former Celebrity Big Brother star called up pal Robbie Williams, who then put Darren in touch with his mental health team

It comes after in June of last year, he took Twitter to record a heartfelt video to address the mental strain his lifestyle has had on him over the years.

He told his followers: ‘Since my stint in the Celebrity Big Brother house four years ago its well documented that I am in recovery/sobriety with issues around addiction.

‘That I’ve spoken publicly about. Something I have never spoken about is my mental health issues. That changes as of today because I have become involved with a wonderful new charity: Its OK Not To Be OK.’

Darren appeared on the infamous 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother, which featured other troubled stars who have experienced issues with mental health and addiction, such as Danniella Westbrook, David Gest and Stephanie Davis.

During the show – on which he finished in third place – he spoke about his addiction battles, opening up further about his troubled past in an interview with Hello! magazine the following summer.

Admission: In June last year, Darren candidly spoke out for the first time about his mental health issues

Admission: In June last year, Darren candidly spoke out for the first time about his mental health issues

Admission: In June last year, Darren candidly spoke out for the first time about his mental health issues

The West End theatre actor revealed that his wife of 12 year Stephanie Doole – whom he subsequently divorced from in October 2018, just a year after they renewed their wedding vows – inspired him to be a ‘better man’.

The stage star said at the time: ‘I am a lucky man, right now, and to be honest I am lucky to be here, and I don’t mean in this room, I mean I am lucky to be alive. 

‘My life hit a very dark place and the fact that life is so wonderful now, I am thankful every single day.’

Opening up: The star has stated he is 'lucky to be alive' after enduring 'dark days' of excessive cocaine and alcohol abuse. Pictured in 2016

Opening up: The star has stated he is 'lucky to be alive' after enduring 'dark days' of excessive cocaine and alcohol abuse. Pictured in 2016

Opening up: The star has stated he is ‘lucky to be alive’ after enduring ‘dark days’ of excessive cocaine and alcohol abuse. Pictured in 2016

He had previously told ITV’s Lorraine in November 2016 that he admitted that his stint on Celebrity Big Brother was an attempt to show the public how far he’d come.

‘The reason for going in the house, I just wanted the opportunity to show the public where I am now,’ he explained. ‘It’s taken time to build up bridges again, the last decade – I’ve worked hard and it finally feels like all the hard work has paid off.’ 

In August, Day announced his sixth engagement, little more than a year after confirming the end of his 12-year marriage to actress Stephanie Dooley.

The stage star revealed his proposal to girlfriend Sophie Ladds by sharing photos of her stunning engagement ring with Twitter followers.

Diary room debrief: During his time on celebrity Big brother in 2016 – on which he finished in third place – he spoke about his addiction battles

Diary room debrief: During his time on celebrity Big brother in 2016 – on which he finished in third place – he spoke about his addiction battles

Diary room debrief: During his time on celebrity Big brother in 2016 – on which he finished in third place – he spoke about his addiction battles

Captioning two shots of their clasped hands, he wrote: ‘Spot the difference! My girl @SophieLadds & I just got engaged. She rocks my world.’

Announcing the news on her own Twitter platform, actress Sophie added: ‘DarrenDOfficial you have made me the happiest girl in the world. Always…forever…and a Sophie Day.’ 

The engagement came exactly a year after Darren confirmed his marriage to Emmerdale star Stephanie Dooley was over. 

Delighted:In August, Day announced his sixth engagement, little more than a year after confirming the end of his 12-year marriage to actress Stephanie Dooley

Delighted:In August, Day announced his sixth engagement, little more than a year after confirming the end of his 12-year marriage to actress Stephanie Dooley

Delighted:In August, Day announced his sixth engagement, little more than a year after confirming the end of his 12-year marriage to actress Stephanie Dooley

All over: The engagement came exactly a year after Darren confirmed his marriage to Emmerdale star Stephanie Dooley (pictured in 2018) was over

All over: The engagement came exactly a year after Darren confirmed his marriage to Emmerdale star Stephanie Dooley (pictured in 2018) was over

All over: The engagement came exactly a year after Darren confirmed his marriage to Emmerdale star Stephanie Dooley (pictured in 2018) was over 

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