David Arquette on Oprah: stole pot at 8, seriously started drinking at 12


David Arquette will appear on Oprah today in his first televised interview post rehab. Advanced details and clips reveal that he will be talking about his lifelong struggle with drugs and alcohol, which began for him at a very early age. E! Online has a longer clip montage (below) in which Arquette reveals that he first tried alcohol at four, stole pot from his dad at eight, and was “seriously drinking” by 12. He’s supposedly been sober since January, when he went to rehab after an intervention from his estranged wife Courteney Cox and his sister, Patricia Arquette.

Fresh off his stint in rehab, David Arquette is ready to come clean about his alcohol and drug-riddled past.

Sober since December 29, the 39-year-old Scream 4 actor opens up to Oprah Winfrey during a Thursday appearance on her daytime talk show (check your local listings).

“When I had my first drink of beer, I must have been four-years-old,” he tells Winfrey, 57. “I was down in the basement with my dad and beer was there and I just grabbed it and drank it. And I remember that. It’s one of my earliest memories.”

That’s not all. “I seriously started drinking probably when I was about 12,” Arquette reveals. “I stole pot from my father when I was eight years old.”

According to the actor, he voluntarily checked into rehab on January 2 at the insistence of his sister, Patricia Arquette, and his estranged wife, Courteney Cox (with whom he shares a six-year-old daughter, Coco).

“I came back from Miami and I had taken a nap. I woke up and Patricia and Courteney were at my bed,” he recalls. “Courteney had a cup of coffee. I was like, ‘What are you two doing here together?’ I already knew.”

“Courteney’s like, ‘Do you mind coming out to the living room for a minute?’ I said, ‘Sure, let me get dressed.’ I put on this white outfit and came out. I peeked my head out [I saw] and my best friend Hartwell and my business partner and some guy I don’t know. I go ‘What up, Turkeys? I guess this is my intervention!'”

Since seeking treatment, a source tells UsMagazine.com that Arquette and Cox, 46, “are still great friends and getting along really well.

[From US Weekly]

David didn’t look sober to me in those clips, but that must be due to the kind of goofy guy he is. His personality probably helped him keep his addiction hidden for a long time. I just want to give him a hug and make him a nice dinner and tell him it’s all going to be ok. He must elicit that response from a lot of women, and he told Howard Stern during one of his epic overshare interviews that Courteney was sick of mothering him. I’m interested to see this interview and to hear how he explains his separation with Courteney to Oprah. He’s already revealed most of the details of their split, and he’s been gracious about it in his way. He hasn’t trash talked or blamed Courteney at all, and has come across as a sad sack who talks too much, but a guy who is trying and is at least sober now. It sounds like he has a good relationship with Courtney, but I doubt they’ll get back together romantically. I have a feeling that Courteney is still pretty content in her new relationship with costar Brian Van Holt.



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  1. Cel says:

    Do I want to hug him? No.

    I’d say enough yapping about yourself, stop acting like a child and start behaving like a parent.

  2. latam says:

    i like him, he seems like a genuine guy and he’s only ever made positive comments about courtney and taken the blame himself

  3. devilgirl says:

    Waaaaaa waaaaaaaa!

  4. Wiggles says:



    The end.

  5. mln76 says:

    Yeah I want to hug him. There isn’t anyone to blame for David’s addictions but himself but I can’t help but see Courtney as being a very calculating person who arranged to hide her dirty laundry with PR mastery.

  6. Crash2GO2 says:

    I’m surprised that Courtney married him and stayed with him as long as she did considering the drug and alcohol use he is copping to.

  7. Jaana says:

    He didnt look sober to me..he was struggling to put words together. I wish him good luck though

  8. sapphire says:

    Courtney had to have known this when they married-was he a rehab project for her? Changes the direction of her “mother” comment for me- why marry a guy that obviously needs one?

  9. Carol says:

    I seem to recall an interview in which David said they were in therapy while dating and had an exchange along the lines of “Marry me and I’ll get sober.” “No, get sober and I’ll marry you.” I would guess he has tried many times to slay the demon – maybe they got married during one of his clean periods? Good for the two of them to care enough about each other that neither trashes each other in public and she was part of his intervention. Don’t really see her as a PR master manipulator. I see a broken man unfortunately flaming out in a very public way. Glad he has a good support system.

  10. Laura says:

    I haven’t seen any interviews of him, but I kinda think he seems pathetic.

  11. xxodettexx says:

    hmm, on the one hand i like him in a i-dont-know-him-but-he-seems-funny kind of way… BUT i hate whiners and immature men that dont stfu and grow up…

    here’s to his recovery!

  12. Bodhi says:

    I feel awful for him & I would give him a hug in a heartbeat. I think he is sober & that he is serious about staying that way.

  13. original kate says:

    i think david is the guy every woman dated in college: cute, sweet, funny, everybody liked him and everything was great – until you realized that he was also an alcoholic slacker who never got past the mental age of 15 and never would, so you dumped him. he does seem like a nice guy and i wish him well.

  14. Cha Cha Loca says:

    He’s a mess and he’s been a mess for a long time. I always thought they were such a mismatched couple.

  15. Emily says:

    If only Christina had people like this in her life.

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