26 Apr, 2010 @ 00:01
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Melanie slays her ‘beast’

MELANIE Griffith has spoken for the first time about how she slayed her ‘beast’ of an addiction to drink and drugs which enslaved her for 30 years.

Griffith – who is married to Malaga-born Spanish star Antonio Banderas – revealed that beating her addiction was like “getting out of prison”.

“I am an alcoholic and an addict and all my life I have fought against this.”

The actress, 52, said: “I am an alcoholic and an addict and all my life I have fought against this.

“Now I feel free. I don’t drink, I don’t take pills, nothing, and it’s fantastic, like getting out of prison.”

Griffith, who starred in Hollywood smash Working Girl, told Spain’s Hola! magazine that she had an addictive personality which would never leave her despite her brave efforts.

It’s public record that Griffith has entered several drug abuse treatment programs over the years.

She described her addiction as a “beast” which would only demand more when fed.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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