TV star Michael Barrymore has revealed his plans for a comeback to show business after a period of health transformation. The 71-year-old presenter shared that he feels 30 years younger after giving up alcohol and focusing on his well-being.
Barrymore spoke about hitting rock bottom following the tragic pool death of partygoer Stuart Lubbock at his home. The television personality later pursued legal action against Essex Police, asserting that his wrongful arrest had resulted in approximately £2.5 million in lost earnings. However, the Court of Appeal judges ultimately ruled that he should only receive nominal damages.
In March 2021, Essex Police arrested a man on suspicion of indecent assault and murder, but he was released without charge in August of the same year. The case remains unsolved.
Throughout the ordeal, Michael has consistently maintained his innocence. In a Twitter video posted in 2020, he firmly stated, “I have had nothing to do with this whatsoever, and yet I keep getting bashed and bullied by the media.”
He admitted that there was a time when he was uncertain about people’s reactions to him, but he found solace in realising that there are always others who are worse off. He mentioned having a friend whose seven-year-old son battled cancer, and when he questioned whether he would trade his own challenges to see the child healthy, the answer was an unequivocal “yes.”
Now, Barrymore is filled with happiness and contentment, claiming to be the busiest and happiest he has ever been. He attributes his improved well-being to his healthy lifestyle, which includes regular walking and a nutritious diet. Michael has also been sober for 14 years. The presenter expressed that he receives positive reactions from his fans despite the scandal that affected his TV career in 2001.
The ex Striker it Lucy presenter is directing the new West End production Laurel & Chaplin – The Feud, which is running at London’s Cambridge Theatre from 31st July until August 28.
Speaking about his new career path, Barrymore said: ‘I didn’t know if I’d be any good at it, but I’ve found I’m a good director. It gives me as much of an adrenaline buzz as being up there.’
With a renewed sense of purpose and well-being, Michael Barrymore is ready to make his mark once again in the world of showbiz.