Gerard Butler covers Men’s Journal: “I haven’t had a drink in 15 years”

God bless Gerard Butler’s fan-girls for being so obsessive about this Men’s Journal photo shoot. I’m including many of the high-quality images from Gerard’s Men’s Journal shoot in this post, and can I just say? He looks GREAT. He looks better than he’s looked in years. You know I kind of lost my Butler-love there for a while. He just kept making bad decisions about ladies and about movies. Then he went to rehab, and following that, it seemed like he was still using and partying too much, and that he had a gross habit of Butler-ing random ladies in Porta-potties. All in all, my biscuit was all “meh” whenever I came across a Butler story. But these photos are making my biscuit say, “What’s that again?” I think it’s his hair. His hair looks good. And he’s found a happy-medium from “Butler man boobs” and “Gerry looks incredibly strung out.” Anyhoodle… some highlights from this interview:

Gerard Butler may look solid as a rock (his chest certainly seems to be made of granite), but he’s only human on the inside.

“Maybe a stronger person wouldn’t have needed to go,” the Scottish actor says in the November issue of Men’s Journal, talking about the three weeks he spent at the Betty Ford Center in February.

“When you hear the word rehab, you think, ‘He’s a mess, he’s f–ked up.’ But I’m glad I did it. I’ve made a s–tload of wrong decisions in my life. But I know I’ve made some right ones as well.”

To be clear, Butler emphasizes that he didn’t go to rehab for alcohol abuse, a rumor that really “pissed [him] off.”

“I haven’t had a drink in 15 years,” says the Bounty Hunter star, who admits to having an addictive personality. Rather, he checked into a pain-management program after being injured in a surfing accident while shooting Chasing Mavericks, which comes out Friday.

“I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in,” Butler recalls. “It was more about becoming a mental warrior and not letting pain bother you. The [instructor] would say, ‘I don’t want to hear about your f–king MRIs or your f–king X-rays…Let’s learn how to say to the pain, ‘F–k you.’”

As for the accident, during which Butler was pushed underwater by a wave for almost a minute, he says he had “visceral” flashbacks and his mind ended up in a place where he “didn’t want it to be.”

“They really do rip you apart,” Butler says of rehab, which he compares to “spring cleaning.” “You get rid of a bunch of s–t, realize a bunch more s–t, and you make a plan.”

[From E! News]

He sounds… okay. I mean, I’ll take a leap of faith and say that I believe him when he claims he hasn’t had a drink in 15 years. Sure. But over the last year, I’ve heard a lot of stuff about his “recreational” usage, and it doesn’t sound good. Fingers crossed he’s in a better place.

Did you know that Gerry also has something of a steady girlfriend right now? Sort of – you know, it’s The Butler. He never really has a “steady”. But he’s been with a lingerie model named Madalina Ghenea for a few months, and Gerry confirms that he impulsively invited her to come to Iceland with him after they had only spent a little time together: “I’ve been impulsive, but not that impulsive. I just had a good feeling.” Either that or this poor girl just got internationally Butler’d (“to Butler” = to dump a girl after fooling around for a bit, usually leaving her abruptly, looking dazed and confused).

Photos courtesy of Men’s Health.

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  1. Elisabeth says:

    If I’m ever on death row I’m requesting him as my last meal

  2. Hannah says:

    Those brown pants on the cover are unfortunate. It kinda looks like he’s not wearing any…

  3. Cherry says:

    Yeah. Ok. His version of why he went to rehab sounds like utter BS. ‘a pain-management program’? ‘I was actually taking a minimal amount [of pills] when I went in’? ‘It was more about becoming a mental warrior’?? Ohh, Gerry.

  4. marie says:

    was he drunk when he gave the interview? aren’t there pictures (several, in fact) of him holding drinks? I mean dude, did you go to the Lindsay school of lying?

  5. Christina says:

    He does look good but how much is down to good old Photoshop?

    BTW I’m still kinda sorta convinced Gerard is gay, or at least bi.

  6. Arlene says:

    That’s bonkers and not at all what I was told by people when he was filming ‘PS I Love You.’ Why can’t people just be honest about addiction, it’s a struggle at times and sometimes people fail and rise again.
    I’m looking at you too Daniel Radcliffe :/

  7. Lucy2 says:

    In related news, Gerard Butler measures time differently from the rest of us.

    If he wasn’t drinking, then he was doing something more than “minimal” pills because he was photo’d really trashed a few times wasn’t he? But I guess either way he looks good, and if he’s clean and sober now that’s great.

  8. Co says:

    Rehab or no rehab, I’d still hit that with the strength of ten full grown men.

  9. Anmelt says:

    Wow googled his gf and she is gorgeous. Wasted on him in fact.

    Edited to say she also dated Leonardo Dicaprio so I take that back.

    • gigi says:

      She didn’t date Leo, it was confirmed that she dated his friend but she milked that story to no end. She is gorgeous, and lets face it, the only reason she is with this dude is probably for some little exposure. She wouldn’t be the first hot chick in Hollywood to do so.

      Personally I think she could do better too, Gerard doesn’t strike me as a catch and his career is cooling off, seems like there’s a group of foreign actors already replacing him- Hardy, Hiddleston, Cucumberwhatshisname, Fassbender- and they actually seem to take their careers seriously. I don’t know what happened to Gerard after 300.

  10. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Can’t help loving him. Best he’s looked in years.

  11. GoGoGrammy says:

    He’s very attractive..but looks terribly uncomfortable posing! Like he’s awkward as hell trying to look sexy. It’s got to be unsettling standing in front of a camera deliberately TRYING to look casually sexy. LOL

  12. operagirl says:

    Bicep bulge and yummalicious collarbones. Well, hello again, Mr. Butler! ;>

  13. Micki says:

    Yes, he looks himself again, thank God for small mercies.

  14. MJsinAustin says:

    He looks he’d be a mean drunk.

  15. mln76 says:

    You only get that bloat he has from booze or coke…I just don’t believe him.

  16. Ashley says:

    What has happened to him? Why has he fallen into the Hollywood trap? As for rehab, it’s coke and pills. There was a story he was drunk at some function in Europe too. Get it together Gerry! You worked with Ralph Fiennes. You should move back to Europe. Stop doing the silly US movies. Yes I am still a fan.

  17. RN says:

    He looks greasy and smelly. I’d stay far away from it.

  18. Madpoe says:

    “I’ve been impulsive, but not that impulsive. I just had a good feeling”

    You can’t get steady with an impulsive dude. I freakin’ love him as an actor, but his personal life *eye rolls* and from what some are saying he’s an implusive liar and was drinking and using. Crossing my fingers and hope for the best for him.

  19. XOGAMI says:

    How photoshopped is he? He doesn’t look like that IRL anymore!

  20. layla says:

    Complete and utter lie.

    My friend partied with him this year at Coachella. He was completely s*tfaced.

  21. mommak918 says:

    I laughed when I read this headline…
    Sorrry, no one believes what you’re selling Butler.
    Sad, bc I loved him in Phantom of the Opera.
    He may of been SOBER than…

    And this pictures don’t do anything for me. Not after the Lohan and Porta Potty mess.
    That’s just sick.

    I know we all make mistakes but seriously, just be honest about it. It’s more refreshing to say…yes I drank I boozed I did drugs…now I’m trying to be clean and get my mess together.

    Also, cut the hair. Stop trying to be sexy.
    On a good note, he did stop his disgusting behavior so that we didn’t have any more stories on here. Soooo good for u Gerry!

  22. Ari says:

    I literally said WHAT? when I read that caption, proceeded to scroll past the article and write this because LIES

  23. shewolf says:

    He is such a filthy pig and a liar but Id do him in a portapotty too.

    And Im not sure about these photos. Its beautiful work but that one with the surf board is random and stupid.

  24. Jaded says:

    “I haven’t had a drink in 15 years” – maybe he meant a drink of soda…?

  25. dahlianoir says:

    He means in a glass, people! He directly empties bottles. More seriously, I wouldn’t touch him he’s like the walking ad for STDs.

  26. d says:

    Talk is cheap. The story is BS because his eyes and face (hard living) tell another story entirely imo, and not just from this shoot. Look at him from when he did that Viking movie (Beowolf & Grendal) (yes, with Scottish accent and all) compared to now. He doesn’t look like the picture of health to me. Healthier maybe than in recent days, but I dunno … he just looks rough (although, that last black and white pic of him is pretty good). I wish he’d go back home for a while and clean up, do some hard labour or soemthng and the crap out of his system and then do independent, small film stuff. the “big movie star” crap will just eat his soul.

  27. Aqua says:

    You know if he’s really going to go there and talk about his addictions at least be honest about it and try not to act like it’s not a big deal or sweep it under the rug or try to pretend that it doesn’t exist because it does. it’s something that he’s going to have to deal with for the rest of his life especially if he has an addictive personality.

  28. Boxy Lady says:

    Don’t know about the drinking, but I definitely think there was a cocaine problem. He dropped a lot of weight quickly and looked like he wasn’t sleeping. Just saw a picture of him at his film’s premiere; he cut his hair and he shaved. Yay!

  29. Minty says:

    Sorry, but he’s been looking ‘rode hard and put away wet’ for quite a while. The man is unhealthy and dissipated and in complete denial of his vices.

  30. Elle says:

    You know, I don’t believe him either, but I don’t really care that he’s blatantly lying. It’s one thing to lie when you’re doing publicity and another thing entirely to do it in rehab. I hope he was completely honest about his addictions at Betty Ford. Otherwise it was a waste of time and money.

    Also, someone should tell him that an admission of a cocaine addiction or relapse of an alcohol addiction wouldn’t hurt his career so much as the horrible choices in film projects he’s been making for the past several years (excluding Coriolanus).

  31. Jennifer says:

    That article in the link says his girlfriend is 24. Must be 24 in Lohan years.

  32. Lex says:

    Hasn’t had a drink in 15 years!???

    Well it sure didn’t seem like that during South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin this past spring. He was all over town drinking, i got a picture and my friends got pictures because he was everywhere! He wasn’t a mess…..but he was definitely having a good time getting his drink on.

    I will say one thing though, pictures don’t do him justice because in person…HE IS GORGEOUS! Even more beautiful in person! haha gotta love Gerard.

  33. blaylock says:

    there is only one man in my dreams,only one love to live for,only one man to give for,only one man to adore.Only one love Gerard.The angels look down from above and circle him with love.They send mercies on the wings of white doves just to see there great loves.but the one they adore and always look for is Gerard.That face I adore,the one I was meant for is Gerard.