10 things you probably didn't know about Russell Brand

Posted at June 25th, 2015 | by Supreet.cheema | in

The second edition of Comedy Central Chuckle Festival in India will kick off tomorrow at Talkatora Stadium in Delhi. This year the festival brings to India the bright & funny and one of the finest names in international comedy, Russell Brand to provide you with an evening full of unadulterated laughter!
 
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Here is a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about Russell Brand.

 

1. He has ADHD and Bipolar Disorder

 

British comedian Russell Brand suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. He has also be diagnosed with Bipolar – a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.

 

2. Selected by the Dalai Lama to host the Buddhist leader’s 2012 Youth Event

 

Brand was selected by the Dalai Lama to host the Buddhist leader’s 2012 youth event in Manchester. The Dalai Lama’s representatives explained that Brand was selected because he had proved “the power of spirituality to effect change in his own life”, while Brand stated to the BBC after the event: “I said yes because he’s the living incarnation of Buddha and I thought, if you’re around the Dalai Lama, that can only be good for your spiritual quest through life. He’s an amazing diplomat, an incredible activist, a wonderful human being and an inspiration to us all.”

 

3. At the age of 7, he was sexually abused by a tutor

 

4. He Was Expelled From School

 

After his first year at Italia Conti Academy, Brand was expelled for illegal drug use and poor attendance, and “for smashing things up, crying and cutting myself, breaking down in tears all the time”

 

5. His dad bought him a prostitute at the age of 16

 

At sixteen years old Russell Brand took a trip to the far east with his father who he rarely spent time with. While in Hong Kong his dad took him to an establishment where they picked up 3 prostitutes and went back to their hotel room. Russell revealed in his book ‘In the course of the rest of that holiday, I had sex with loads more prostitutes’ as he and his father went on to visit Bali, Singapore and Thailand.

 

6. Russell Brand had Bulimia
Russell Brand suffered with weight issues as a child as he admits openly ‘I was a fat kid, not obese but chubby.’ He considers his weight as one of the reasons he suffered from depression and the eating disorder bulimia from the age of 11. Brand said of the illness: ‘It was really unusual in boys, quite embarrassing. But I found it euphoric.’

 

7. Russell brand turned vegetarian at the age of 14

 

Brand became a vegetarian at the age of 14 and then went the whole distance and became a vegan in 2011. PETA named Brand ‘World’s Sexiest Vegetarian’ in 2007. Brand said on his commitment to vegetarianism: “Even as a junkie I stayed true – ‘I shall have heroin, but I shan’t have a hamburger.’ What a sexy little paradox.”

 

8. Russell Brand was Voted ‘Shagger of the Year’

 

The Sun named Brand ‘Shagger of the Year’ in 2006, 2007 and 2008. With quotes like this it is easy to see why he has taken the title 3 times: “I like threesomes with two women, not because I’m a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I’m a romantic. I’m looking for “The One.” And I’ll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
 
9. Russell Brand Worked as a Postman
 
Brand once worked as a postman, although he was not exactly employee of the month at Royal Mail. He had to say sorry for stealing from letters and birthday cards while on the job to feed his drug addiction. Apparently he only took the job in the hope of being propositioned by lonely women.

 

10. Brand is a Hindu

 

He is a Hindu and regularly attends Hare Krishna services. Religion, however, is what saved Brand in the end, who has now been drug-free for nearly a decade. Specifically, the Hindu sect of Hare Krishna’s meditation and self-reflection practices helped Brand channel his better self. He also married Katy Perry on 23 October 2010 in a very traditional Hindu ceremony, near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan.

 

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Catch him live tomorrow, buy your tickets here.

Supreet.cheema

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