'Everything I know about sex I learned from porn' - Russell Brand

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: Russell Brand is seen in Soho on September 19, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
Russell Brand

Russell Brand learnt everything he knows about sex from porn.

The British comedian is known as a ladies' man and was previously married to Katy Perry, but filed for divorce in 2011 after just 14 months.

He is now dating writer Jemima Khan but admits it's been difficult for him to have a normal view of physical relationships.

"For us men it's hard to have a healthy attitude towards sex," he admitted to German newspaper Bild.

"I grew up the son of a single mother in a small town. There wasn't much to do there aside from drink and watch porn. Everything I know about sex I learnt from porn. What's shown there is all of a contrived, submissive and degrading nature. I don't think porn is a good introduction to sexuality, at least not for young people."

He added he isn't after a ban on porn, but just that he believes it's bad for children.

Russell, 38, has battled with addiction in the past, including heroin and alcohol.

He's now turned his life around and is working hard to lead a healthy existence.

"I don't drink anymore, I'm a vegetarian, I'm in a serious relationship, I do yoga and meditate," he listed.

"For me, this lifestyle of excess and egotism is over. My body, just like yours, is a machine that's programmed to survive: it wants food, warmth, shelter, the possibility of reproduction. And now take a look around: there's no longer a fight for survival, there's enough of everything; we're already in paradise. That's why we keep looking for new challenges, we fight for a bigger house, more power, more women, more respect. It's a vicious circle that makes us unhappy. I've broken free of it."

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