Useless star Richard Osman has revealed how he’s been battling food addiction since the age of nine.
The TV host shot criminality The novelist likened the urge to covertly consume snacks to alcoholism, saying he had accepted that he would face a lifelong struggle with the compulsion.
In an extremely candid interview broadcast today on Radio 4’s Desert Island Records, the 51-year-old reveals, âMy addictive behavior has always been food. It’s been since I was incredibly young.
Richard Osman pictured with his new girlfriend Ingrid Oliver together in West London. The Pointless star revealed how he’s been battling food addiction since the age of nine
“There isn’t any kind of doomed glamor with drugs or alcohol or anything like thatâ¦”
âThere hasn’t been a day in my life since I was nine years old that I haven’t thought about food issues and how it affects me, and it will be with me for the rest of. my life.
âI know I’m in control or not in control at some point. And these days, I control it more often than I don’t.
He added that although alcoholics may find it difficult to have intact alcohol bottles at home, he had similar cravings for food, such as chocolate bars or crisps.
âThe addiction is the same,â he said. âThe secret to consuming these things, the shame behind it. “
However, the father-of-two pointed out some major differences in solving the problem. âThe food is delicate,â he said.
TV host turned detective novelist, pictured, likened the urge to secretly eat snacks to alcoholism
âBecause of alcohol and drugs, you can just give up – incredibly difficult – but, you know, zero tolerance policy.
“Whereas if you’re addicted to food or love – all those things that sustain you – you still have to have them.” It is therefore quite difficult to get out of it.
âBecause you have to eat, it’s actually quite difficult and sometimes you slip. I’m doing my best and I’m certainly not ashamed of it now.
Osman, who is 6ft 7in, said he grew up feeling uncomfortable about his height, noting that “anyone who is an idiot will tell you something stupid.”
Alexander Armstrong (left) and Osman, who opened up about his food problems in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs
He suffers from nystagmus, which causes uncontrolled movements of the eye. As such, he cannot drive and he likened his eyesight to a permanent fog.
It was television that first allowed him to see a bird in a tree or a cricket ball and, he added, the inability to read an autocue has done wonders for his career as he had to learn to ad-lib.
âI was able to use it to my advantage,â the BBC mainstay said. – But I would prefer to be able to see well.
Osman also spoke to host Lauren Laverne about the life-changing moment when his father called the family into the living room and announced he was having an affair.
The presenter said: âMy father left when I was quite young, when I was about nine years old. And that was probably the end of that innocence, I guess.
For several months, Osman traveled by coach from the family home in Sussex to Rugby to see his father, but quickly cut ties.
He recalled, “Finally, I just said, ‘Look, this isn’t for me. I had a little temper tantrum and said, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’
Which, of course, craved attention but it was taken at face value so I didn’t see it again.
The couple reconciled when Osman became a father in his twenties. He was married from the late 1990s to 2007, and is now in a relationship with actress and comedian Ingrid Oliver.
Osman, pictured with his girlfriend, is 6 feet 7 inches tall, said he grew up feeling uncomfortable about his height
But it’s to his mother Brenda, a primary school teacher, that Osman attributes his success.
âShe’s an amazing woman and she’s done amazing things and I’m more than grateful for that,â he said.
âNow my favorite thing about being successful is the things I can give her. “
Osman bought his mother a home in a retired Sussex community, which inspired his hugely successful thriller series Thursday Murder Club.
In addition to his mother, Osman said he was inspired by his older brother Mat, who co-founded the chart-topping rock band, Suede.
âIt was like someone drilled the hole in the sky for me,â he explained.
“You just think, ‘Wow, we’re from where we’re from, and you’re on Top Of The Pops with your friends doing these songs! “
âI was so proud of him and I also selfishly thought, ‘We can do this. There are opportunities there. You can do it if you want. I will never forget her as long as I live.
Desert Island Discs airs on BBC Radio 4 at 11 a.m. today and will repeat Friday at 9 a.m.