Saturday 10 December 2016

Sir Michael Caine credits wife with saving him from drinking himself to death 'with a bottle of vodka a day'

Published 19/01/2016 | 09:22

Sir Michael Caine and his wife Shakira
Sir Michael Caine and his wife Shakira

Sir Michael Caine says he would have been dead "long ago" had he not married Shakira Baksh.

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The 82-year-old actor tied the knot with Shakira in 1973 and has made it no secret how in love he is with the brunette beauty.

But in a new interview with Radio Times magazine, Michael has revealed his spouse saved his life by supporting him during a period of heavy drinking following his divorce from first wife Patricia Haines in 1962.

“Without her I would have been dead long ago. I would have probably drunk myself to death,” he told the publication.

Michael Caine and wife Shakira Caine attend 24th Annual Tony Awards on April 19, 1970 at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Michael Caine;Shakira Caine
Michael Caine and wife Shakira Caine attend 24th Annual Tony Awards on April 19, 1970 at the Mark Hellinger Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Michael Caine;Shakira Caine

“I was a bit of a p**s artist when I was younger, I used to drink a bottle of vodka a day and I was smoking too, several packs a day.”

With so much stress surrounding his acting profession at the time, Michael found himself driven into an unhealthy lifestyle.

Things didn’t end badly though, as Shakira swooped in to make amends and helped calm the actor down.

She does more than just provide emotional support too, as Michael reminded people that she plays a big role in organising his career.

British actor Michael Caine (R) and his wife Shakira leave the Festival palace after the screening of the film
British actor Michael Caine (R) and his wife Shakira leave the Festival palace after the screening of the film "Youth" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

“And she’s not the little wife; she runs the whole business side of my life,” he gushed. “She’s my right-hand man, my confidante.

“I tell her everything. I was famous when I met her, but I couldn’t have got this far without her. She is the most important person in my life.”

Michael has expressed this desire to be equal with his wife on many occasions in the past and previously explained that Shakira goes everywhere with him for work. The couple have daughter Natasha together, and Michael also has daughter Dominique from his time with Patricia.

With two girls, the veteran star finds himself getting protective.

Michael Caine poses with his wife Shakira, after being made Commander of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand (AP)
Michael Caine poses with his wife Shakira, after being made Commander of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand (AP)

"When you see the guys they bring home. And you go, 'Get rid of him.' And they go, 'No, I’m not going to do that,’” he grinned to Britain’s Esquire magazine.

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