Actor Prateik Babbar recently came clean about his struggle with substance abuse, and is now determined to make a change. The actor, who confessed suffering from an alcohol and drug problem, says that he never wanted people to think he is perfect. “I realised that I wasn’t being true to myself and the people who loved me. They didn’t know the real me. For the last five years, my life was full of trouble and rebellion. But now I want people to know who I truly am and love me. I never wanted my fans to think that I am perfect. Now, I have a clean slate,” says Prateik.
The actor says that he hopes this confession helps others suffering from the same problem to face reality. “I only hope this encourages people to do the right thing and learn from my mistakes. It’s important to not experiment with your life. I want them to know that turning to drugs or alcohol is never the answer. I hope I have made that clear,” he says.
The actor got a lot of support from the industry after his confession and says that he was not expecting this. “I had no expectations. For me, it was all about the guilt of doing something wrong that was killing me and the feeling of letting my fans and family down as well as my mother. I come from a broken family, the son of two amazing actors and never had them by my side. Maybe this is why everyone is reaching out. It is very encouraging,” he says.