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- English actor, comedian and screenwriter
Matt Lucas was devastated when his ex-husband Kevin McGee took his own life at the age of 32 in 2009.
The 43-year-old comedic actor has rarely spoken about the tragedy and how he recovered, but has written an autobiography entitled ‘Little Me, my life from A—Z’, in which he talks about bullying, ‘Little Britain’ and the suicide of his ex-lover.
And he has opened up about his coping mechanisms in dealing with Kevin’s death, admitting he steered clear of alcohol, but went searching for “lots of sex” and “food”.
Matt says he tried to “distract himself” from the trauma by sleeping with various men he met online, as he thought it was better than turning to drink or drugs to help him cope.
He said: “I think people respond in all different ways to grief. I thought I was very conscientious going to a bereavement counsellor and not turning to drink, which I hardly ever do – I probably have six units a year. I’m not going to start smoking again, I’m not going to do drugs.
“But I ended up eating lots and having lots of sex. That was how I responded. As much as anything I was trying to distract myself.”
The ‘Doctor Who’ actor stayed in the UK for three years after Kevin’s tragic death, but decided to move to California in 2012, in an attempt to “build a new life” for himself.
Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper, Matt said: “I wanted to build a new life. The first thing [they say] when something as terrible as that happens is not to do anything radical. Don’t immediately sell your house when someone dies, don’t get a new job. But enough time had gone by for me to think now was the time to move on. I thought I had to go somewhere warm, so I went to California.”