Alan Carr: Comedy probably stopped me from breaking down during a difficult year

Alan Carr has admitted his comedy “probably stopped him from falling” as his marriage was falling apart and his dog “was slowly dying out”.

The 46-year-old comedian announced earlier this year that he and husband Paul Drayton had separated. They have been married for three years but have been together for 13 years.

Carr shared how he got through this difficult time when he watched his beloved dog Bev pass away in May.


Alan Carr (left) and Paul Drayton (Jacob King/PA)

He told Daily Mail Weekend magazine: “All of this at home is happening, and even writing about it is difficult because things are changing.

“It was like nailing the void to the wall, like the tectonic plates of my relationship were shifting. After that, Bev is slowly fading away.

“I know it sounds silly but, yes, there was a time when I stood in the wings and just wobbled and thought I couldn’t go on.

“I think the audience feels that too. As if there was another cheer from them, ‘Go on, Alan’. I need that. “

He added: “I’m not down, no. I don’t want to say I did because I didn’t. But comedy has probably stopped me from breaking down.”

In January, Drayton was released from court after two “miserable” nights in custody after winning his case with a prison sentence for drunk driving.

Drayton’s alcoholism is believed to have been one of the factors affecting the couple’s marriage, but Carr has revealed his workaholic nature is also the cause of many problems.

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Drayton is currently taking care of two other dogs of the former couple due to Carr’s frequent business trips.

The comedian admits he prefers to work continuously rather than return home empty.

“People have been saying to me, ‘Alan, you have to go home at some point,’” he said.

“But Paul isn’t here, the dogs aren’t here either, so I know I’m coming home to an empty house.

“When I stopped and returned home, I felt lonely. I need to rearrange myself.”

Carr’s upcoming Channel 4 series, titled Alan Carr’s Adventures With Agatha Christie, will see him visit the places that inspired the famous author who was Carr’s “teen idol”. Alan Carr: Comedy probably stopped me from breaking down during a difficult year

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