Russell Brand: ‘Fatherhood is Really Amazing’

New dad Russell Brand opens up to Us about his new book, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions, and welcoming his first child — daughter Mabel — with wife Laura Gallacher in Nov. 2016.

On how fatherhood has changed him: “It has made me recognize that what I want and what I need is not important. It’s what she wants and what she needs. That’s a good thing because I can be a very self-obsessed guy.”

On when he first held Mabel: “She was so beautiful. She came out perfect. It was like a drug in that it changed my consciousness in a way that I could not have anticipated. By the time I held her, I felt like an animal in a cave. I felt such strong feelings of protectiveness and love that I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want anyone near her. The feelings were extremely intense and to be honest they haven’t really gone away.”

On how he will teach her about his past: “I’m going to bring her up using the program. It’s the only thing I know that works. I’m going to encourage her to talk openly about her feelings and identity. I’m sure all parents think this. I’ve already argued with friends of mine like, “I’ll be able to reach her!” ”

On Mabel: “She’s very, very active. She’s domineering, a powerful, strong person. She’s charming and wants to talk to other people. She’s her own person already. It’s really amazing.”

On how his marriage today is different than his first marriage to Katy Perry: “I’ve changed a lot in the last five years. I don’t compare my relationships now to previous relationships out of respect to my present wife and to Katy Perry. I think I’m an easier person to be with now. I’m also in a very different situation. I’m dependent on my wife. In relationships, there is always going to be a level of dependency. But I try not to project my problems onto other people and perhaps I’ve not always been like that.”

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