David Arquette joins Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show today to discuss getting sober, the breakup of his marriage to Courteney Cox and why he decided to do Dancing with the Stars.
Here is what David told Ellen about getting sober and the break-up of his marriage…
Ellen: Do you feel like the drinking contributed? … I think everyone was shocked about you and Courteney because both of you individually are great people and then together seemed like the perfect couple and seemed to be so close. Do you think it was partially, that was the fault of the break up? What do you think happened there?
David: We had grown a part for quite a while and I was just really heartbroken over it. I used it as an excuse to accelerate my drinking. You know, to be honest, I didn’t want to live anymore. I was just so heartbroken and distraught and my family was broken. I didn’t know how to deal with these feelings.
Part of getting sober… it’s really difficult at the beginning. You are confronted with of these new emotions. There is a voice inside each one of our heads. It was very strong in my head [and] really critical: “You’re not good enough.”
Part of recovering from drinking was being able to recognize that voice and not taking it personally. Not taking it as truth. Seeing it as a voice and thought in my head that isn’t real. I don’t have to listen to…that goes for all kinds of voices that going on in my head… (Laughs)
As for his decision to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars, David told Ellen:
I did it because I love dancing. It’s part of joy. It’s weird. A lot of the themes that are involved with dancing are involved with sort of my way of life now. Balance, staying connected to your core, being in touch with everything around you, the flow of life. And that’s what it’s sort of about for me. It also gave me an opportunity for people to get to know me. Because they may have preconceived notions of who I am. Just to be out there and have fun and entertain people because I’m an entertainer.
Check out the Vote 4 David bedazzled T-shirt that Ellen gifted David with.