When it comes to “lifestyles of the rich and famous,” we all have our preconceived notions about the glitz, the glamour, and the endlessly popped bottles of Dom Perignon at VIP after-parties. But for some celebs, living the high life doesn’t include chemical substances of any kind.
While their reasons for being teetotal vary, these mega-famous folks unanimously agree on one thing: their lives are better without alcohol. Here are some of the biggest celebrities on the planet who don’t drink and why they choose to abstain from alcohol, in their own words.
Megan Fox used to partake but says she hasn’t had a drop of alcohol in ten years. The future Mrs. Machine Gun Kelly completely stopped drinking after the 2009 Oscars. Fox once called her tipsy red carpet commentary “belligerent.” These days, her decision to continue abstaining from alcohol is completely about self-care.
I’m always completely sober. I don’t even drink a glass of wine. I don’t ever smoke. I don’t drink coffee. I’m super strict with my diet and I never deviate.“The World According to Megan Fox,” Glamour
After dealing with the ups and downs of drug and alcohol addiction for years, Zac Efron made some lasting lifestyle changes back in 2013. The OG High School Musical heartthrob told GQ that he had a much-needed wake-up call when he was 29.
If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.Zac Efron, GQ
Many suspect Jennifer Lopez actually drinks from the fountain of youth, but that may be one beauty secret she never shares with us. With that said, we do know JLo said bye-bye to booze with her eternally gorgeous glow in mind.
I don’t drink or smoke or have caffeine. That really wrecks your skin as you get older.Jennifer Lopez, Us Weekly
Jim Carrey remains outspoken and optimistic about why he chooses not to drink. “Though he used to use various substances to cope with depression, he gave up alcohol to be more present in the here and now,” per Drink Surely.
I rarely drink coffee. I’m very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.Jim Carrey, CBS News
After Kendrick Lamar dropped his universally acclaimed record good kid, m.A.A.d city, he was crowned the 2013 Rapper of the Year by GQ. Discussing his artistic choices and personal journey with the publication, the “Swimming Pools” rapper was open about his choice to consistently steer clear of all substances.
Lamar said that after being surrounded by chemical dependency during his upbringing, he became an advocate for those living with sobriety. The prolific rapper also says he wants his work to be an honest reflection of his experience, no matter how unpopular some of his opinions might be in the hip-hop community.
Sometimes you have the trend that’s not cool. You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don’t really have that lifestyle, and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after awhile. It’s really about keeping hip-hop original and pushing away the corniness in it.Kendrick Lamar: “This Is One Thing I Will Never Do”, BET
Lucy Hale “tried really hard to be the social butterfly,” but says she quit drinking by her late twenties. The Pretty Little Liars star realized the Hollywood party scene wasn’t for her and maintains that she’s better off without it.
Admittedly feeling like her “best self” these days, Hale says she has “no interest” in drinking or partying in the future.
“I’m just always trying to surround myself with better people and be the best version of myself possible. I know it sounds obnoxious to hear people say that, but why not?”Lucy Hale, People Magazine
Sir Elton John once struggled with substance abuse, but he’s been drug- and alcohol-free for over three decades. The iconic artist has said that the AIDS epidemic caused him to reconsider some of his choices and prioritize his well-being.
Within six months, he was fully sober and has stayed that way ever since.
I’m truly a blessed man. If I hadn’t finally taken the big step of asking for help 30 years ago, I’d be dead.Elton John, Radio X
Robert Downey Jr.
From very public arrests to his many rumored rehab stints, Robert Downey’s battle with substance abuse remains one of the most famous in Hollywood. But he’s been clean for over ten years now.
Looking back, the Iron Man star continues to get candid about his highly-publicized struggles, his formative experiences in rehab, and how he believes addiction can be “inherited,” including his own.
You’re confronted with histories and predispositions and influences and feelings and unspoken traumas or needs that weren’t met, and all of a sudden you’re three miles into the woods. Can you help someone get out of those woods? Yes, you can. By not getting lost looking for them.”Robert Downey Jr., Vanity Fair
Naomi Cambell was once a familiar face on the party scene. But those wild 90s nights alongside Kate Moss only live on in photographs and infamy. These days, the former supermodel says not drinking makes her “a lot happier.”
To be honest, there were times I thought I wouldn’t survive. I used to have a lot of problems… amongst others I drank too much, so I joined Alcoholics Anonymous to get and stay sober.Naomi Cambell, Vogue UK
In various interviews, Ewan Mcgregor has said he never saw addiction coming. The A-lister stopped drinking back in 2000 and says sobriety has given him ” joy and happiness and peace,” per the Independent.
As for the moment he decided to quit, the Trainspotting actor said his defining moment of clarity came while drunkenly dancing for one of his lifelong idols, Iggy Pop.
I came to my senses when something in my brain went, ‘What are you doing?’Ewan Mcgregor, The Daily Mail
Natalie Portman gave drinking the old college try, had her fun, and then moved on for good. The Oscar-winning actress once told Vanity Fair she’s grateful the paps weren’t so snap-happy when she was still going out. In turn, she could enjoy her one and only “drinking phase” with a sense of privacy.
I didn’t really go to high school parties, and yeah, I didn’t touch pot ’til I was in my 20s… I didn’t get flat-out drunk until I went to college. But I think that’s a good thing in many ways.
Tyler The Creator
Tyler, The Creator continues to just say no to drugs and alcohol. The Grammy-winning rapper/record producer built his multi-faceted career while completely sober, and he intends to keep it that way.
I just don’t want to drink. I know that I don’t want to be that drunk guy. But I do know I want to hit a jump on a dirt-bike. I can look at that and say: ‘I want to do that.’ I’ve never seen anyone drunk, like, ‘D**n, I want to be that.’Tyler, The Creator, Fantastic Man magazine
Blake Lively isn’t shy about her decision not to drink. The actress says her reasoning is simple and self-care oriented. According to the teetotal star, she just “doesn’t like the effects of alcohol.”
It’s just something that I genuinely don’t have a desire for. It’s not like I decided on these strict lifestyle choices and I’m enforcing them.Blake Lively, Allure
In the early days of his career, Colin Farrell struggled with addiction. Flash forward to today, the Irish actor hasn’t touched a drink in over a decade and now has much healthier coping mechanisms.
“Now I do a bit of yoga, I like a nice hike and I drink dragon nasal juice.”Colin Farrell, Ellen
Tyra Banks is forever open about the fact that she swore off alcohol by the time she turned 12. After one sip, she said she “hated the taste” and knew it wasn’t for her.
I feel like I’ve been very lucky because I don’t really have an addictive personality. I’ve never had any drugs, and I had a little taste of alcohol when I was 12 years old, but that’s about it.Tyra Banks, Forbes
Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey says she was “a big drinker” throughout her teen years, even calling alcohol her “first love.” But that love soon turned toxic and with the support of her parents, Del Rey checked into rehab. By the time she turned 20, the Grammy-winning artist had sobered up and was putting all of her focus into her music.
My parents were worried, I was worried. I knew it was a problem when I liked it more than I liked doing anything else. I was like, I’m fed. I am totally fed. Like, at first it’s fine and you think you have a dark side – it’s exciting – and then you realise the dark side wins every time if you decide to indulge in it. It’s also a completely different way of living when you know that, it’s like being a different species of person. It was horrific. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me.British GQ
Pharrell says he’s never under the influence. Through his actions, the “Happy” singer also continues to remind the masses that you don’t have to drink or do drugs to tap into your creative potential. However, the talented musician/music producer had admitted to dabbling in that lifestyle in the past.
Everybody else can do what they want, but that stuff isn’t for me. I’ve been drunk nine times in my life, and I ate some weed brownies once.Pharrell, Paper magazine
Anne Hathaway has vowed to give up alcohol for at least 18 years with her son in mind. In various interviews, Hathaway has said that she couldn’t be the mother she wanted to be when she was waking up hungover. The award-winning actress says it became clear she had to make a choice, so she “chose mornings.”
The time I have with him is really precious. And I do leave a lot for work and I found my time with him was getting impacted, not necessarily by the drinking, as I never went out of control around him. But I hate to say it – as you get older, the hangovers get really bad.Anne Hathaway, Lorraine
Tobey Macguire once revealed to Playboy that he considered himself a “recovering alcoholic.” These days, the Spider-Man star prefers to keep a clear head at all times.
I stopped consuming any mind-altering substances when I was 19 years old. And I’ve been abstinent since then.Tobey. Macguire, The Guardian
Eva Mendes famously entered rehab in 2008. She’s been sober ever since, but once told Interview Magazine that the intimate details of her sobriety journey weren’t up for discussion.
There are so many lies out there regarding my recent trip to Cirque Lodge. But I don’t care what people think. I just don’t care. So I will neither confirm nor deny. I think now we just know way too much about our celebrities. It’s not that interesting when you know that much about people. I have no ego about me. It’s just better for you not to know, because it really does make me a better actor at the end of the day. You’re not going into the movie with all these specifics about me.Eva Mendes, Interview Magazine
After a lengthy battle with alcohol and heroin addiction, Eric Clapton began his sobriety journey in 1986, but he wasn’t sure it would stick. At the peak of his fame, his then-manager, Roger Forrester, said “you’ve got a problem.” According to Clapton, Forrester was “the only person” who would call him out.
Following the tragic death of Clapton’s son three years later, the English guitarist decided it was time to clean up his act for good.
I just have to face the guy that I became when I was fueled on drugs and alcohol. It’s incomprehensible to me, in a way, that I got so far out. And there was no one to challenge me. Because I may have become quite intimidating. People said they couldn’t challenge me because I came back twice as strong.Eric Clapton, Rolling Stone
While Jennifer Hudson might’ve portrayed people struggling with addiction, the singer/actress doesn’t drink alcohol. During an interview on Chelsea Lately, she revealed that she never has.
I’ve never had a drink in my life. I’m sober…I’ve never been interested. Nobody ever believes it.Jennifer Hudson, Huffpost
Russell Brand remains open about his past addiction issues and how he turned his life around. The English comedian has been sober for almost 20 years, and he wants to help others get on and stay on the wagon too.
In his book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, Brand shares the wisdom of his experience with honesty, humor, and hard-earned self-compassion.
We have been taught that freedom is the freedom to pursue our petty, trivial desires. Real freedom is freedom from our petty, trivial desires.Recovery: Freedom from our Addictions
Sarah Silverman’s decision to not drink doesn’t come with a harrowing addiction story. According to the comedian, she just doesn’t enjoy it, no matter how hard she once tried to.
I don’t drink because it gives me a stomach ache. I try all the time, it looks good and I feel like I would have fun being drunk, but I have a Jewish stomach.Sarah Silverman, CNN via the Daily Mail
In 2017, Brad Pitt got candid about divorce, his career, and his struggles with alcohol abuse while chatting with GQ Style. Pitt told the publication he stopped drinking because he “didn’t want to live that way anymore.” When asked if he missed alcohol at all, the A-lister had this to say:
I mean, we have a winery. I enjoy wine very, very much, but I just ran it to the ground. I had to step away for a minute. And truthfully I could drink a Russian under the table with his own vodka. I was a professional. I was good…But the terrible thing is I tend to run things into the ground. That’s why I’ve got to make something so calamitous. I’ve got to run it off a cliff.
I do it with everything, yeah. I exhaust it, and then I walk away.Brad Pitt, GQ
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson remained on a rollercoaster of mixed substance abuse throughout the ’70s and ’80s. After that, Jackson decided to get clean and take his acting career more seriously. One of the highest-grossing actors of all time, he’s said that abstaining from alcohol allowed him to take on characters in a more profound and precise way.
While accepting his BET Lifetime Achievement Award, the iconic actor thanked his wife LaTanya and daughter Zoe for encouraging him to check into rehab and above all else, never giving up on him.
I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.Samuel L. Jackson, BET
Kristin Davis frequently credits her acting career with her choice to stop drinking. To date, the Sex and the City star hasn’t had a drop of alcohol in over 30 years.
I realised it was not going to end well. I got into the acting programme, it was very challenging, I was hungover and I wasn’t doing so well in my classes. I thought, ‘Do you know what? It’s going to be one or the other. I can’t really have both.Kristin Davis, Marie Claire U.K.
Best known as 50 Cent today, Curtis James Jackson III doesn’t shy away from discussions about the role drugs and alcohol played in his past. In an interview with Piers Morgan, the rapper/actor revealed he briefly sold drugs in his as a means of survival during his youth. However, he chose to abstain.
These days, the “In The Club” singer says he doesn’t even drink his own liquor when he’s in the club.
“For the rest of the night I’ll have that bottle in my hand. I’ll take swigs every now and then just to keep the vibe right, but I’m not drinking anything but Canada Dry.50 Cent, Page Six
After growing up in the spotlight, Christina Ricci made the conscious decision to quit drinking. The 34-year-old star says she was “pretty much not drinking” for about ten years and then just stopped completely.
I went through a normal kind of late teens, early 20s drinking, but it was a choice I made, because I didn’t think it was very good for my life.”Christina Ricci, BlackBook
In 2016, Daniel Radcliffe shocked fans by coming clean regarding his personal struggles with alcohol. However, The Harry Potter star has said the while road to sobriety was long and winding, it’s been easier than he imagined to stick with his decision for the long haul.
It’s lovely. I barely think about it [alcohol]”Daniel Radcliffe, The Telegraph