According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s estimated that 24 million U.S. adults could be classified as addicted to sex, and some of Hollywood’s biggest names are included in that staggering statistic.
The Cleveland Clinic defines sex addiction as “excessive sexual thoughts, desires, urges or behaviors that can’t be controlled and cause distress and harm to your relationships, finances and other aspects of your life.” Also called hypersexuality and compulsive sexual behavior, sex addictions are perhaps the most tumultuous for famous individuals due to the many temptations made easily accessible by their status and lifestyle.
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From parties and drugs to fans who can’t resist getting as close as possible — literally — to some of the world’s biggest stars, acknowledging and kicking a sex addiction hasn’t been easy for these celebrities, and some of them are still suffering the consequences of their escapades to this day. Jesse James, Mike Caussin, and Lamar Odom all lost their marriages due to their repeated infidelity, and Charlie Sheen revealed he’s HIV-positive in 2015.
Whether their sex addictions have impacted the rest of their lives or were more of a lesson learned, the following celebrities have opened up about their experiences being addicted to intercourse. Read on to learn about how some celebs have recovered fully, how some battle their demons daily, and how all of them were forced to face their addiction in one way or another.
After his infidelities had become very public in 2009, golf icon Tiger Woods underwent treatment for sex addiction. According to his swing coach, Hank Haney, Woods said once he finished therapy, “What I learned is that for the rest of my life I can’t have sex with someone unless I genuinely feel something for them. If I do, I’m putting myself in jeopardy.”
In 1995, Charlie Sheen testified that he spent $53,000 on “sexual services” from sex workers, and in 2000, he told Maxim that if he had to guess, he’d say he’d slept with 5,000 women by that point. Over a decade later in 2015, the actor publicly announced he’d been HIV-positive for four years.
After a sex tape was released in the 1980s of Rob Lowe and two women — one of which was found to only have been 16 — the actor went to rehab and has been sober ever since.
During a 2019 appearance on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagel Show, Lowe shared, “People talk about it, I go, ‘I think it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.’ Honestly, I do, ’cause it got me sober. Sober got me married. I’ve been married 29 years, and I have two great sons. I don’t think any of that happens without going through that scandal. I really don’t.”
Jada Pinkett Smith
On an episode of Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith revealed she battled with sex addiction, explaining, “When I was younger, I definitely think I had a sex addiction of some kind, yes, that everything could be fixed by sex.”
The actress continued, “I am a binger, and I always have to watch myself and I can just get obsessed with things. It’s not what you’re doing but how you’re with it. Why you’re doing it. It’s the behavior that’s attached to it because if you want to have a lot of sex, that’s great, but why are you having all that sex? That’s what you’ve got to look at.”
Lamar Odom opened up about his near-fatal sex addiction in his memoir, Darkness to Light. “I have been obsessed with sex for as long as I can remember,” he wrote. He referred to his many infidelities during his marriage to Khloé Kardashian, explaining, “I wanted to take it back, but you can’t. [I] wanted to hide it. But that sick sin was hard for me to hide … I had a problem.”
The former NBA player told People that his sex addiction was a trigger for drug use “Because you double up on [that] good feeling.” Odom ultimately calls his 2015 overdose his “wake-up call,” and although he admitted he still struggles, he also said, “I will not go into the darkness. Ever again.”
Prior to entering rehab for his sex addiction, Irish actor Colin Farrell was frequently referred to as “the Lusty Leprechaun.” He’d been sober for nearly 10 years when he told Elle in 2014 that having sex for the first time after becoming sober was “one of the most terrifying moments of my life … Because I was just used to drunkenness and dark rooms and clubs and toilets and wherever.”
Ex-NFL player Mike Caussin famously imploded his marriage with actress and singer Jana Kramer due to his sex addiction. After more than a dozen affairs and a years-long stint in sex rehab, Kramer filed for divorce after finding out Caussin had cheated on her yet again.
Black-ish star Jennifer Lewis opened up in her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, about the sex addiction that had a hold on her in her 20s.
Writing about the high of performing on Broadway, the actress explained, “Let’s just say that post show I had a sort of habit of sex serving as a night cap. I was Cleopatra, Pam Grier, Marilyn Monroe, and Jezebel rolled into one. For me, nothing could extend the thrill of a standing ovation like great sex with a gorgeous guy.”
In an excerpt of his memoir, My Booky Wook, published by The Guardian, Russell Brand revealed the depths of his sex addiction, writing, “Sex is recreational for me, as well as a way of accruing status and validation … We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day.”
During a 2019 interview with Apple Music, Kanye West revealed, “My dad had a Playboy left out [when I was] five and it’s affected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life. From age five til now, having to kick the habit and it just presents itself in the open like it’s ok and I stand up and say, ‘No, it’s not ok.'”
The controversial rapper explained that Playboy magazine was a “gateway into full-on pornography addiction” and admitted that when his mother died, “I drowned myself in my addiction… Sex.”
After four women came forward claiming Jesse James had had a foursome with them, the TV personality — then married to Sandra Bullock — entered rehab. In 2010, he explained during a Nightline interview, “I grew up with a huge amount of shame and fear and abandonment on my shoulders from a very young age and I think, you know, the way my mind rationalized [cheating], ‘Well, you know, I might as well do whatever I can to like run her off cause she is going to find out what I am anyway and leave me anyway.'”
James continued, “I don’t think I have a sex addiction where I’m running around trying to have sex with everyone and I can’t stop… I think I do things to sabotage my life, including having extramarital affairs, texting, overworking myself, injuring myself, doing stunts and stupid things. I think I do a lot of things in my life that I shouldn’t be doing that aren’t conducive to being a perfect husband, you know, and the affairs are just one of them.”
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