Brigitte Nielsen acts like the photos of her drunk in the park were a one time thing

These photos of Brigitte Nielsen, 49, passed out wasted and chugging bottles of vodka in a public park came out a couple of days ago. (In case you’re wondering who she is, she’s a Danish former model who was in some 80s action movies like Red Sonja and Rocky IV. She was married to Sylvester Stallone for a couple of years in the late 80s. Most recently she built a career out of appearing on VH1 reality shows like “The Surreal Life,” “Strange Love,” and “Celebrity Rehab.”) We didn’t report on these photos at the time as she’s not too noteworthy and I honestly thought they might be a publicity stunt they were so outrageous. Given Brigitte’s latest statement about them, I believe they’re genuine and she’s in a bad way. I also remembered a 2008 interview that Brigitte gave Hello! in which she talked at length about her battle with alcoholism. She was just a year sober at that time. Here’s the relevant part of her interview from 2008. I remembered it because she was so candid, and luckily we have a lot of back issues of Hello! on Zinio:

On how long she was battling her addiction
“Six or seven years. I hid the bottles. When I met Mattia [her current, fifth husband, an Italian waiter 15 years her junior], I was still hiding. I realised I needed professional help. People say, ‘Can’t you stop?’ but it’s more powerful than that. When you’re that depressed you can’t even do it for your kids – that’s the most disgusting thing.

On why she went to rehab in 2007
“I thought if I don’t do it, I’ll lose my husband and kids. I was so ashamed. If I’d carried on, I think I’d have died from alcohol poisoning.

“Rehab was the toughest thing ever. I had my 44th birthday in there…”

On if alcoholics face a constant battle
“Always. If you have a little drink, it triggers a thing in your brain where you want more. When I go to a hotel now, I have everything taken out of the mini-bar, no temptations. We have no drink in the house but if he left me, I’d be in danger.”

On her children
“Julian [now 28 in 2012] lives between Copenhagen and London. Killian [23] is in Milan. The youngest two are also in Milan, [Douglas, 19, and Raoul, 17] living with their dad. It wasn’t right to take them to LA when I left. [she split with their dad officially in 2005] We see them during vacations, but I miss them tremendously.”

Calls herself a bad mom
“I’ve been a bad mum at times – when you take the bottle over you’re kids, you’re a bad mum. But I love them and there has always been a close bond. I’ve been affectionate, caring. It’s unfortunately they’ve seen me in a bad way. But kids are great, they’re the most unconditional, forgiving people.”

[From Hello! Magazine, print edition, August 26, 2008]

It’s clear that she has some serious addiction issues that have affected her relationships, specifically with her kids. I also saw Brigitte’s “Surreal Life” season in 2004 and she was wasted most of the time, hitting up the bar from the minute she arrived in the house.

So that’s what I thought of when I read this statement from her, in which she tries to downplay the whole incident and claims it was just her response to a stressful event. The good news is that she’s in AA and that she’s recommitting to her sobriety, if she’s telling the truth:

“I would like to thank all my fans as well as my friends from the Hollywood comunity for the heart warming calls and emails about those unfortunate and dramatic pictures. Looking at the pictures I can understand the level of worrying, but I can assure everyone that there is no cause for alarm. I have been on the road working non-stop for such a long time, fulfilling my professional commitments, shooting shows around the world with all the pressure that comes with it,” the blonde beauty told in an extremely emotional interview.

The Danish model and actress says: “That combined with major health issues in my familly drove me to the unfortunate circumstances that you can see on the pictures. At that moment in time, I felt like I needed a moment to myself, in a park. The vodka came about as a desperate move to try to release some pressure and is under no circumstances an indication of how I lead my life on a day to day basis.”

Slyvester Stallone’s ex revealed that her mother “is extremely ill. I just haven’t been coping well with my mother’s illness. I’m not making any excuses for my actions. I have spoken to my sponsor from Alcoholics Anonymous, and I continue to go to meetings. I’m committed to my sobriety, and I’m not going to let this momentary relapse define me. I’m not perfect, and I’m battling a disease, and yes, there will be setbacks, but I know what I need to do in order to be healthy.”

[From Radar Online]

Maybe those photos were a wakeup call for her. It’s really sad that she thinks that the best way to handle stress and family problems is to get blotto, especially after all she’s gone through for years, but she’s in no way alone.

I want to mention this really moving set of photos I saw a couple of days ago from a man who makes it his hobby to photograph people in the Bronx. Many of them are addicts and prostitutes, but he also takes photos of everyday families doing their thing. He was profiled in the NY Times a few months ago. Seeing these photos of Brigitte passed out drunk reminded me of his “faces of addiction” series.

Brigitte with her husband, Mattia, in May.

Photo credit: Fame Flynet and

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  1. paola says:

    I truly believe that when men or women grow older should behave like someone who is actually getting older. not because i’m a bigoted old fart but because i find these people really ridicolous in sticking to the older version of themselves. Brigitte Nielsen is a stunning woman in her 50s, she should stop behaving like a drunken teenager all the time, stop the horsy laugh and start being a bit more covered up and sensible.

  2. Aussie girl says:

    I don’t think it was a publicity stunt. The women had serious documented issues with the bottle. I like my wine but to be in a park drinking by yourself, well that’s an issue. I have seen her on celebrity rehab & don’t really know her from much else. So my care factor is not really that high. In saying that she obviously has an addiction & like any addict I hope she can fight this to live a better life. It sounds like she has some healing to do with her kids. All the best xox

  3. Colin Sullivan says:

    The good news is she’s in AA? I think a lot disgruntled former AA members would dispute that. Anywho, Bridget is a real blast from the past. I haven’t heard about her for years. I remember her relationship with Sly though. They got together after she sent him a body sized poster of her self with her contact details. They split after he came home and caught her having sex with another woman. Maybe she’s the ghost of Amber Heard’s future.

  4. Bex says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think alcohol had anything to do with her leaving her kids. Twice when she divorced she left sons with the father and moved on.

  5. claire says:

    Pretty sad. I hope she can get past it.

  6. Lisa says:

    Not sure if it means I’m getting old, but I for sure know who Brigitte Nielsen is. I really wish her the best and hope she gets through this.

  7. megs283 says:

    Thank you for that link to the NYC Bronx photographer. Powerful stuff.

  8. How terrible for a woman who use to be striking. I perceive that one day we’ll be looking at similar pictures of Lindsey Lohan, that is if she does not drive car off a cliff. This is so sad.

  9. Ravensdaughter says:

    Eternal train wreck…..

  10. Stubbylove says:

    Addition is a bitch and a constant battle. Negative comments that people say about her she’s already said to herself 1000x’s over.

  11. some bitch says:

    Very sad. She’s drinking some of the absolute worst vodka on the market too. Gut rot priced at six bucks a bottle. I hope Brigitte gets some help soon.

  12. DeltaJuliet says:

    She’s just lucky nothing happened to her while she was passed out in that park **shudder**
    It’s stories like this that make me glad I don’t have addiction issues.

  13. Shelly says:

    I saw her on Celebrity Rehab. She was always extremely sweet and supportive to the other patients. It seemed like she truly wanted sobriety more than anything and that staying sober was a huge struggle and accomplishment for her. These pictures of her in the park made me sad for her.

  14. mar says:

    This is very sad. Good luck to her.

  15. mar says:

    you abuse substances when life is so painful that you can’t look at it with a sober eye. Hard to look at these photos and imagine what she is trying to drink away…..

  16. DailyNightly says:

    Hey, I give her credit for owning up to the photos and the condition she was in. So many other celebs would blow it off or make up some story about “rehearsing for an upcoming role”. Good for her for addressing her problem.

  17. Jilly Bean says:

    a young brigette neilson would be perfectly cast as monica figurola in the girl who kicked the hornets nest… or it would be cool to see her to do it anyway!

  18. DANDILION says:

    Time for a shocked but amused rehab show.. she’s hilariously serious about proving she’s alive, spunky.. about not much more.. Give her a job someone.. set in a windy, icy, depressing but beautiful wooded mountainous spot where she comes to die of some horrible brain disease.. while drunk and halluciating.. she encounters an alien which super-unlucky spirit is stuck in a wolf and abandoned by the mother ship and as she communicates with the frightened creature.. blah blah blah.. they discuss the ways of the universe.. the creature finally calls out to the homeland during a frightening solar storm.. massive colorful light aurora borealis and earth quakes sending tons of snow down to destroy their only shelter a cabin ..and she ends up saving the world.. alas by drowning with the wolf.. but it’s the only way they can travel back ..

  19. ezra says:

    …and Dr. Drew greedily rubs his hands.