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Alan Carr on how comedy stopped him from having ‘breakdown’ amid marriage ending

2022 was a tough year for Alan

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Comedian Alan Carr once opened up about his marriage ending and said that comedy stopped him from ‘having a breakdown’.

The Chatty Man star separated from partner Paul Drayton in early 2022, after three years of marriage.

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Alan Carr split from husband Paul Drayton in 2022 (Credit: Cover Images)

Alan Carr marriage breakdown

2022 was a difficult year for Alan Carr. The comedian not only separated from his partner of 13 years, but he also lost his beloved pet dog Bev in May.

The star opened up to the Daily Mail Weekend magazine that everything at home was ‘changing,’ describing his marriage breaking up as “the tectonic plates of my relationship were shifting”.

He added: “Then Bev was slowly fading.”

Comedy probably stopped me having a breakdown.

It was turning to comedy that helped Alan survive his darkest moments, with Alan admitting there were times he felt he ‘couldn’t go on’ stage.

The comedian added that he narrowly avoided having a breakdown, due to keeping busy with comedy. He said: “Comedy probably stopped me having a breakdown.”

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Alan Carr revealed he uses his comedy as ‘therapy’ on Lorraine. (Credit: Lorraine/YouTube)

Comedy is his ‘therapy’

In previous interviews, including speaking to ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, Alan called comedy his ‘therapy’. Speaking to Lorraine, he said: “I wrote the tour and then our marriage broke down during Covid, because it was so stressful and everything.

“It’s quite emotional, uplifting and it was actually my therapy really.”

Alan and his ex-husband confirmed their split with a joint statement in January 2022. It read: “After 13 years as a couple and three years of marriage, Alan Carr and Paul Drayton would like to announce they are separating.

“They have jointly and amicably made the difficult decision to divorce and go their separate ways. We request that their privacy is respected at this sensitive time.”

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