Sir Anthony Hopkins celebrates 47 years of sobriety and says ‘be good to yourself’

Sir Anthony Hopkins celebrated 47 years of sobriety and told his fans to “be kind to yourself” in a moving New Year’s message.

The 84-year-old Oscar-winning actor spoke candidly about recovering from alcoholism in a video posted on Instagram.

In a video captioned “Wish you all a healthy 2023”, Sir Anthony said: “Hello everyone, I just want to wish everyone a happy new year and also to say that I am celebrating 47 years of sobriety today.

“But this is a message that is not meant to be heavy, but hopefully helpful.

“I am a recovering alcoholic and I know there are people struggling in this day and age of cancellation, hate and long compromises, child abuse.

“I say to it, be good to yourself, be good. Stay out of the circle of toxicity with people if they offend you.

“Live your life, be proud of your life.

“47 years ago, I was in a desperate situation and despair, and probably did not live long.

“And it just so happened that one day I admitted that there was something really wrong with me. But I didn’t realize it was a kind of condition. A mental, physical or emotional condition called alcoholism or addiction.

“I’m not a drug expert. I’m not an expert on anything. I don’t know anything except that I’ve found a life where no one bothers me.

“I will say to all young people who are being bullied, be careful, be proud of yourself. Don’t listen to them, don’t be humiliated.

“Depression is part of life sometimes, and anxiety, life is hard.”

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Sir Anthony Hopkins outside Buckingham Palace after being knighted by the Queen (Martin Keene/PA)

Sir Anthony, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to drama in 1993, encouraged each of his 3.9 million Instagram followers struggling with addiction to engage in the 12-step recovery program and praised the free and accessible nature recovery program, saying “this will give you a whole new life”.

He added: “All I can say is that I have the best life I could imagine and I can’t even take credit for it.

“So wherever you are, call for help. Do not be shy. Be proud of yourself, whatever you do, don’t let anyone humiliate you.

“Don’t let anyone humiliate you. If you’re going to be angry, be angry. Don’t let anyone bring you down.

“Rejoice as I myself, though I know nothing. Lots of love to you.

Many famous faces left positive reactions to the video, with actor Hugh Jackman commenting: “Well said!”

While model Naomi Campbell thanked The Silence Of The Lambs star, writing: “Thank you Sir @anthonyhopkins, you shine a beacon of light, you inspire me on my journey to recovery”, to which Sir Anthony replied: “One day at a time dear.”

In 1992, Sir Anthony won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

He won his second Academy Award for Best Actor in 2021 for The Father, becoming the oldest nominee and winner of the award.

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