While she would continue to drink every now and then until she was 18, she ultimately realized she had a drinking problem in her early 20s and sought help at a rehab.
‘The first time I ever had alcohol… I was probably 12, or 13? I was in Florida, on vacation… and we drank Green Apple Pucker. I remember my very first experience with alcohol was the same as when it ended.
‘I blacked out — at 12 years old. I don’t remember what happened, I threw up, I got very sick, and I remember being so distraught when I realized what had happened,’ she said.
‘I blacked out’: Lucy Hale has recalled having her first alcoholic beverage at age 12 before ultimately becoming sober in her 30s; pictured September 2023
‘I was like, “Oh my god, my mom is going to be so disappointed in me,”‘ she said.
As a teen, Lucy was aware her drinking habits were abnormal.
‘I remember shame after every experience drinking, because my drinking was never normal. Literally every time I drank… it was very clear I was drinking to escape something, even at a young age,’ she said.
While she sought help at 23, she didn’t give up alcohol for good until she was 32.
‘I went to rehab when I was 23. I don’t think anyone on the show [Pretty Little Liars] knew. And it was my choice too. That was a pivotal moment in my life. [But] I wasn’t ready to give up drinking, which is why I didn’t get sober until I was 32,’ she said.
‘I had tried so many different things: rehab, out-patient, in-patient, trauma center, therapy, medication, you name it. And there was also a very strong desire to want to stop,’ she said.
‘Without having COVID, I might not have gotten sober — or committed to it,’ she said.
In February, Lucy announced she had celebrated one year of sobriety with a photo of a frosted cake declaring ‘1 year!’
Reflecting: While she would continue to drink ‘here and there’ until she was 18, she ultimately realized she had a drinking problem in her early 20s and sought help at a rehab; pictured in 2006
Go Lucy! In February, Lucy announced she had celebrated one year of sobriety with a photo of a frosted cake declaring ‘1 year!’
‘Bear with me, this is an alternative Valentine’s Day post. This is a post about self-love and about the greatest thing I’ve ever done. On January 2, 2023 I celebrated one year of sobriety,’ she posted.
‘While this journey has mostly been private, I felt compelled tonight to let anyone who is struggling know that you are not alone and you are loved.’
The fashionista recently starred in the Amazon Freevee film Puppy Love, alongside The Flash star Grant Gustin.
When asked by Collider what she planned to tackle next following her latest film project (in an interview conducted before the SAG-AFTRA strike), the petite beauty responded with, ‘There really is no strategy other than, is this something that sounds like fun? Is this a new character?’
She added, ‘I think it’s important to be specific about the things you wanna do, but I keep such an open mind.’
Sobriety: While she sought help at 23, she didn’t give up alcohol for good until she was 32
With a sense of wisdom after years in the acting industry, Lucy noted, ‘I don’t really have a rule book for my life or for my career. I definitely love doing films, and one-off films like this, but I do also love TV, and having the structure and getting to have more time to play around. I’m an open book.’
The star, who is currently single, opened up back in January about her preference for older men, saying on Rachel Bilson’s podcast that older men have, ‘No bulls**t, almost.’
She was alluding to her past relationship with Riverdale’s older heartthrob, Skeet Ulrich, 53.
The Tennessee-born beauty has also been romantically linked with Bachelor Nation star Colton Underwood and actors David Henrie, Chris Zylka and Ryan Rottman in the past.
However, as of November 2023, the fit and toned actress appears to be living her best single girl life.
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