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Russell Brand puts on a dapper display as he joins Duran Duran’s John and Roger Taylor to share addiction stories at a charity ball

December 16th, 2019

He’s always spoken candidly about his past problems with substance abuse and alcoholism.

And Russell Brand, 44, was set to share his story once more at the fundraising Fire and Ice Ball for charity Changes UK in Birmingham on Saturday night.

The comedian looked dapper in a black suit jacket and was joined by Duran Duran’s John and Roger Taylor, with bass player John also having overcome addiction.

He completed his ensemble with a burgundy and blue patterned scarf and pair of lace-up black leather boots.

The star, who is a patron of the Changes UK charity, wore his lock locks down and in their trademark curls and ensured that his beard was also well groomed.

John Taylor, 59, who is also a patron of the charity, also cut a fashionable figure in a burgundy suit jacket and chic black shirt.

He added a casual touch to his outfit by donning black trainers and wore his hair in his usual funky spiked do.

The bass player’s bandmate Roger, who played the drums in Duran Duran, was also at the event in a stylish camouflage print shirt and T-shirt.

During the night the celebrities will share their own personal stories of overcoming addiction to help raise funds to support the work of Changes UK.

The Digbeth-based charity set a fundraising goal of £50,000 for the evening as it celebrated 10 years of transforming lives.

The group works with people wanting to detox and start their recovery, supporting them into accommodation and providing training and employment opportunities.

Speaking ahead of the night Russell said: ‘This is such an incredible cause, one which continues to save and transform lives.

‘Steve and his fantastic team remain close to my heart, as they have since the day we met, and I stand proud as their charity’s Patron.’

While bassist John and drummer Roger, both Birmingham natives, are taking a break from the studio and their new Duran Duran album to join the celebration.

John said: ‘As always, we are proud to support Changes UK and the work they do for people in recovery as well as for their families.

‘We look forward to celebrating ten years of Changes UK and helping to raise funds to ensure they are around for the next ten.’

Changes UK chief executive Steve Dixon, who founded the organisation after his own struggles with addiction, added: ‘We have been able to work with so many people in our first 10 years to support them through their recovery journeys.

‘But sadly, there are still so many people who are trying to find their way out of the cycle of addiction. We hope the Fire and Ice Ball will raise much-needed funds to support and allow us to continue our work.’

Russell is famously sober after battling drink and drug addiction. At 14, he suffered from bulimia before leaving home at 16 and started to use illegal drugs including cannabis, LSD, and ecstasy.

He previously explained: ‘I hit rock bottom in 2003 with an addiction to heroin, which had cost me a job at MTV, a radio show, friends and girlfriends…

‘I’d been doing drugs since age 19 and was a heroin addict for four years. Luckily, my (then-) manager and friend Chip Somers stepped in, telling me I’d wind up either in a prison, lunatic asylum or graveyard. So I went to a 12-step program.’

While John has also spoken openly about his past addictions, telling the BBC in a 2014 interview that while Duran Duran was in its heyday visiting every town was an excuse for a ‘blow out’.

He said: ‘Every town would be an excuse for a blow out, I could never stop after one drink while a lot of my friends could drink casually.

‘A seemingly innocent glass of wine at lunch time and then I’d be on my knees in front of some drug dealer’s house at midnight. It was just horrible.’

However in the mid-90s the star went to rehab to deal with his addiction issues and has since been working towards helping others.

Courtesy Daily Mail. Learn more about Changes UK here.

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