Paul Danan reveals he’s now a semi-pro tennis player after a drug relapse during lockdown

PAUL Danan has revealed he has become a tennis ace following his recent drug relapse.

The former Hollyoaks star recently told The Sun how his life has changed after ending up back on cocaine and homeless during lockdown.

Paul has announced that he is now semi-professional in tennis


Paul has announced that he is now semi-professional in tennisCredit: The Sun / Delivered
Paul with his doubles partner Paul Beswick


Paul with his doubles partner Paul BeswickPhoto credit: Instagram

And now the podcast host, who has been to rehab 17 times, says he’s gotten so good at tennis that racquet sports are his “drug now.”

“I play tennis with my brothers like a nut,” reveals the 43-year-old. “Tennis is my thing, it’s my drug now.

“I’m a semi-pro and play for the Lawn Tennis Association. I joined a big club in Bristol and play in a league. I really found my new thing.”

And Paul says his ADHD, which he was diagnosed with in 2019, has helped with his on-pitch skills.

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“My ADHD loves tennis because it really helps you focus,” he explains. “I now see my ADHD as a superpower.”

The Celebrity Coach Trip star, who is father to son DeNiro, six, spoke last week about how his world fell apart when he was quarantined at his childhood home in Essex during the first wave of coronavirus.

“The big thing that helps ADHD is being around people, but because my dad was at high risk for COVID, I couldn’t even meet anyone for a walk in case I caught the virus and to bring him back into the house.

“It was also really hard not being able to see my son, DeNiro, who was locked away in London with his mother [Paul co-parents DeNiro with his ex].

“I started getting really bad cabin fever and frustrated. I had to get out and felt like I was going insane.”

After making the fateful decision to sell his own flat in Hertfordshire, Paul eventually came into contact with someone who was selling him cocaine.

“I didn’t want to pay rent on an apartment I wasn’t living in, so I decided to get rid of it,” he recalls. “But when I went to get my stuff, while cleaning up, I saw an empty bag and that triggered something.

“I ended up bumping into someone outside and got some cocaine from him. It was a moment like, ‘F**k it, I won’t get another chance.’ Then I went back to my parents and used.

“I only had a few lines, but it was enough to get me going again. They say one line is too many, a thousand is never enough, and so it is.

“I felt terrible, so guilty and ashamed. I estimate I’ve spent around £1million on rehab and recovery over the years and yet I’ve done it all over again.”

Paul went on to reveal how he ended up staying with a friend in Bournemouth but ended up on the street after a fight.

He recalled: “I tried to get a hotel but none of the hotels took anyone in because of lockdown. I didn’t know what to do, so I went for a walk on the beach and bought some drugs.

“I met these shady guys who ended up stealing some of my stuff and before I knew it it was midnight, dark and I had nowhere to go.

“It got scary. I just walked the streets trying to get places but every hotel said no to me and I was in tears. I was basically homeless.”

After finding a hotel for the night, he went back to London the next day and checked into a Holiday Inn, where he stayed for two weeks.

“I found another trader and started working in this space on a daily basis. I didn’t sleep for two weeks and only drank a few grams of coke all day.

I didn’t eat anything apart from a croissant a day from the hotel breakfast buffet and then went back to my room. People were concerned, calling and asking where I was, but I was going insane.”

Hallucinations set in as the days and nights rolled by.

“I went psychotic and thought the police were going to come through the door,” he says.

“I also saw things that weren’t really there. My brain was doing somersaults and it was terrifying. I was in a state.”

Luckily Paul found a rehabilitation facility, Gladstones, in the Cotswolds where he managed to get clean and put his life back on track.

Paul is now 20 months clean and successfully leading theater workshops with his Morning After Theater Company.

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The registered charity aims to help others with mental health and addiction issues by using acting skills as therapy.

Paul said: “So many people have gotten into addiction or relapsed during lockdown, the stats are disastrous and it’s really important to break the stigma around it.”

The Morning After with Paul Danan is available on Apple, Spotify and all other podcast stores.

For more information about The Morning After Theater Company and how to donate to the charity, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/themorningaftertc

For help and support with drug addiction, Contact DrugFAM on 0300 888 3853 or go to drugfam.co.uk

Paul rose to fame in the '90s playing Sol on Hollyoaks


Paul rose to fame in the ’90s playing Sol on HollyoaksPhoto credit: Channel 4
Paul appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017


Paul appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2017Credit: Rex Features

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