Known to speak her heart out, audiences got a closer look into the life and person that Pooja Bhatt is, as she won hearts at the Bigg Boss OTT Season 2. The actress became a semi-finalist on the reality show and was often known to diffuse situations and handle matters maturely, while being trapped in a house full of contestants. In yet another candid conversation, that Bhatt is known for, she opened up about her life, her failed marriage, and her battle against alcoholism.
Pooja Bhatt opens up about her failed marriage and talks about alcoholism; says, “I used alcohol as a band aid”
Pooja Bhatt discussed her marriage with entrepreneur and VJ Manish Makhija, with whom she tied the knot in 2003. The actress revealed that the reason for her marriage to fail was nothing but boredom. Elaborating further at the book launch of Unchain My Heart, Pooja said, “I found myself in a marriage that was crumbling. It wasn’t crumbling because of any painful situation, it was rather boring, neither of us cheated or were interested in it. As a woman, I realised that I lost myself in the process while ticking the box that the society has set for me. It took me sometime to realise that I am trapped in a marriage that wasn’t working for me. I lost my femininity. I forgot who I was. He was a perfectly wonderful man but there was a loneliness in my soul.”
She also went on to explain how she used alcohol as a defence mechanism of sorts to overcome her troubles. “I used alcohol as a band aid, I was trapped and I was chained. First into being a good wife and then getting my gratification with a bottle.” She went on to speak about her struggle of quitting the habit, “I asked myself what is the difference between a bad relationship and a bottle. I was using both to numb the pain. So, I learnt to deal with myself, my anguish and my emptiness and from that something magical emerged. I kicked the bottle and it has been seven years since I have been sober,” she maintained.
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