Steve Coogan: Alan Partridge star’s confession on ‘personality flaws’ exposed

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Steve Coogan has recently announced that he will revitalise his most popular persona Alan Partridge for an 18 episode podcast series ‘From the Oasthouse’. The star rose to fame with the fictional TV personality who caused controversy with awkward exchanges and comedic gaffes. Since then, Steve has found further success on Sky show ‘The Trip’ alongside ‘Gavin and Stacey’ actor Rob Brydon. The star most recently faced criticism for putting staff of his estate on furlough during the coronavirus lockdown – despite being a millionaire. But during his earlier career, the comedian confessed that he is nothing like the characters he portrays and had to work hard to overcome personal problems.

Steve Coogan bravely admitted to having struggled with mental health issues due to the pressure of fame and being recognised across the UK. 

He candidly revealed that the difficulties led him to drugs and to develop a “sex addiction”, according to a 1997 Telegraph article. 

The comedy star overcame the problems with the help of a psychotherapist and relaxation techniques, but believed his struggles stemmed from not being confident.

Steve said: “I wasn’t thinking about what I was doing. I was acting in an amoral way.

“I’m not making excuses for it – I did it and it’s done and there’s nothing I can do to undo it. 

“I was just very good at self-deception – blocking things out.”

Steve claimed the attention he received from women, because of his fame, only caused further problems because he is more of a recluse.

He said: “Some people can think, ‘F*** it, I’m a celebrity’, and it bounces off. 

“But naturally I’m an introvert and I felt very exposed and very confused.”

The comedian admitted to doing a lot of soul searching as he worked out why he was behaving in a “destructive manner”.

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He recalled: “I had this idea of myself as a good bloke. I wanted to convince myself that I wasn’t a bad person – and I really don’t think I am. 

“It was about learning about myself and the way I interacted with people.’ He suddenly moans softly, ‘God, it all sounds very w***y this.’”

‘From The Oasthouse: The Alan Partridge Podcast’ will be available from June 12 on Amazon Alexa and later on Audible from September 3.

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