Our August cover star Rusell Brand is a changed man. Kind of. The former drug-addicted shock jock is now a clean living, yoga practicing spiritualist, which can happen if you move to LA, where Esquire spent the day with him.
“Reality can become anything,” he muses. “Catholicism is only an idea. Wednesday is only an idea. None of these things are real! And, surely, when we’re looking for principles for formulating reality, one of the founding ones has got to be equality and love.”
But, as our frank and rather revealing interview goes to show, he still likes to say what’s on his mind. And there’s still one pastime that he hasn’t really got tired of. Clue: it involves women.
“I’ve given over too much of my life to its pursuit. And I’ve probably harmed other people, by being selfish. And really, I’d like to be married. I’m just not transmitting that frequency of “Soulmate! Soulmate!” I’m transmitting the frequency of “Mmm!”
Of course he’s tried marriage already. So what did happen with Katy Perry?
But I tried it and I loved it. I really think she’s a lovely beautiful person [Katy Perry]. It’s just hard isn’t it? She’s got a lot of options, I’ve got a lot of options, so you’ve got to really, really want it.”
“Some of it’s the fame, but I think getting married is… you’ve got a whole other person that you’ve got to make as important as you!”
Fair point. And if there’s one thing that still gets him out of bed in the morning?
“Stand-up is not a frivolous thing. It’s not a dangling appendage of my celebrity. It’s my absolute core. Really the only thing that actually makes me raw is stand-up. When I’m doing it, it’s beautiful.”
Read the full Russell Brand interview and shoot in the Esquire July issue, on sale Thursday 6 June
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