Men's Health Australia

HOW RUSSELL BRAND ESCAPED HIS MIDLIFE CRISIS

WHEN RUSSELL BRAND turned 40 five years ago, he found himself facing a crisis. He felt totally adrift. He thought, simply enough, I don’t want to live how I’m living.

The manic English comedian first broke out stateside in 2008, playing a ramped-up version of his lascivious self in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The next few years were a blur of tabloid and talk-show omnipresence. There were also brief, high-profile nuptials with Katy Perry. Then, for reasons both voluntary and otherwise, that all went away.

Brand is Zooming from the kitchen of his pastoral home in England, where he lives with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters. There are thick grey streaks in his

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