Russell Brand is somewhat of an enigma when it comes to Hollywood fame. He is very famous, everyone knows who he is, and he was even married to a major pop star, yet he rejects it all. Fans of the comedian, actor and activist are well aware he is a bit eccentric, definitely intellectual and all around the type of person who does his own thing and offers no apologies for it. While he remains elusive in some respects, he has also let many in with his documentaries and of course his books, helping fans understand who he is and why he is the way he is. Get to know the eccentric and interesting star that much better with these 10 things you never knew about him!
10. Rough Childhood
Russell Brand was born in Essex, England, as an only child to Barbara Elizabeth and Ronald Henry Brand. Things got rough for the family and when Brand was only six months old; his parents split up and things got continuously worse for the young boy. When he was only seven years old, a tutor sexually abused him and when he was eight, his mother contracted uterine cancer followed by breast cancer a year later. Because of her sickness, Brand went to live with relatives and at 14 suffered from bulimia and in his mid teens began using drugs. At 16 he was accepted into the Italia Conti Academy, but was expelled after his first year because of drug use, poor attendance and “smashing things up, crying and cutting myself, breaking down in tears all the time.”