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Stephen Fry reveals 15 year drug habit: ''I took cocaine to enjoy my crosswords''

Stephen Fry has revealed he regularly took cocaine to enhance his enjoyment of crossword puzzles. The 53-year-old also confessed he found it %E2%80%98extremely easy%E2%80%99 to give up the drug. Fry made his comments in a TV interview due to be broadcast in June. He told the Sky Arts programme In Confidence: %E2%80%98There were 15 years of pretty chronic cocaine taking. In my most hyper frames of mind, I found it was a wonderful drug to take to calm me down. %E2%80%98I tended to take it alone at home and play word games, mind spinning. %E2%80%98I%E2%80%99d do very difficult crosswords, I would spend hours on those.%E2%80%99 Fry added: %E2%80%98I found it extremely easy to stop, but it took me a very long time to get to a position where I was ready to.%E2%80%99 He also addresses the %E2%80%98exhausting%E2%80%99 pressures of fame and says he yearns for a life of seclusion %E2%80%98making pork pies and chutneys.%E2%80%99 Of his notoriety he said: %E2%80%98It is exhausting. They want an appearance, a quote, a tweet, something%E2%80%A6 %E2%80%98They want to touch the hem of the fame, not the hem of the person. It%E2%80%99s the scale of it%E2%80%A6. So you resort to not travelling on the Tube or walking round the street any more and going in a big car with a driver. %E2%80%98And people think %E2%80%9COh he thinks he%E2%80%99s so grand, doesn%E2%80%99t he?%E2%80%9D Well, no. I%E2%80%99d rather walk but sometimes I just can%E2%80%99t".%E2%80%99 No stranger to controversy the actor has steadily been making a name for himself by engaging in a series of public spats. A self-confessed Twitter addict, Fry is regularly in the spotlight over the comments he posts on the online social networking site. Fry abandoned Twitter for four days on in October last year after he was widely criticised over his suggestion that women did not enjoy sex as much as men. The author and broadcaster told a magazine for gay men that women effectively used sex to manipulate men into having a relationship as that was the 'price they were willing to pay'. Last November he quit Twitter after encountering 'too much aggression and unkindness' but returned the following day. Fry has also temporarily abandoned the site following arguments with fellow tweeters who labeled him %E2%80%98boring%E2%80%99. Away from his computer screen, in May 2009 he sparked fury when he defended the MPs expenses scandal by declaring it was %E2%80%98not important%E2%80%99. In October he ignited international outrage by claiming Poles played a part in the Holocaust.

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