Comedian Chris D’Elia is officially one-year sober!
D’Elia, who has been making fans roll on the floor laughing for years, was publicly called out for inappropriate behavior with women who were minors back in 2020.
He was publicly shamed for his past indiscretions, and while he denied any illegal and non-consensual relations with the underage accusers, he took a long hiatus from the spotlight.
D’Elia returned to his YouTube channel on February 19 where he issued a 9:38 second video titled, “It’s been a while.”
In it he said, “I stand by the fact that all my relationships have been consensual and legal, and that’s just it. That’s the truth.”
He continued to explain that during his time away from the public he sought a lot of medical advice and therapy.
After speaking to medical professionals, D’Elia came to the conclusion that it all boiled down to sex.
“Sex controlled my life. It was my focus all the time, and I had a problem. I still do, it’s not like a few months down the line you just, everything’s better. I need to do better at that,” he said.
He explained that once he started doing standup having sex became easier. He didn’t have to try as hard. D’Elia could go to his shows, roll into a city, check his inbox, and afterward get lucky.
“It got out of control. I cheated on most of the girls I’ve been with. I cheated on my fiancée now. And this is my dream girl. This is the girl I want to be with for the rest of my life,” D’Elia admitted in his YouTube video.
But things have changed for the better. As previously mentioned, he sought out help, and he is in a different place than he was a year ago.
True babies will understand the Jeremy Renner reference.
During his Wednesday episode, D’Elia made the announcement saying, “I have a year sobriety. I have a year sobriety and I can’t believe I’m saying that. I feel good, you know, and it’s hard and I don’t want to run before I can walk. But I’m taking it a day at a time.”
He admitted talking about his sobriety made him feel insecure and exposed.
“I haven’t had sex with anybody but my fiancée in the past year and I know that’s like ‘whoa, what do you deserve a fing medal?’ And the truth is when you’re in fing sobriety and you’re in these meetings you actually do get a f***ing medal,” quipped D’Elia.
The comedian said he still can’t believe he’s made it this far, and while it is difficult to talk about, he hopes this conversation can help people.
D’Elia dug further into his addiction admitting there were things he used to go to make himself feel adequate.
“It was either after shows looking for a way to get laid, or standup, or at home with my family,” he said. “The things that made me feel adequate were these things that were on the end of each spectrum. You had standup, the Rockstar lifestyle, and then you had the family stuff. The middle was the hardest thing for me.”
The middle for D’Elia meant “just being,” which he admits was mind-numbing!
Congratulations, pun intended, on your one-year of sobriety!