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'I turned to drugs to be cool', says Donovan


Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan says his drug use was driven by a mistaken desire to be cool.

The chart-topping Australian singer and actor rebelled against his clean-cut image by indulging in cocaine, at one point getting through several grams a day.

Donovan (51) said the sight of himself in a loincloth for Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat made him concerned about his identity being eroded.


"I thought when I looked at myself in a loincloth and a pair of white fluffy socks that I was turning into something I wasn't," he said.

Donovan became a star after appearing on Neighbours before his music career.

The dad-of-three said he would never want his children to follow his path.

"No life is perfect," he said. "I got lucky very young. I got a little sidetracked by my own desire to think that by going out there and 'crashing the car' I was going to be cool."