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Fatherhood better than fame, sex: Brand

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Russell Brand says fatherhood is more satisfying than fame, sex and drugs.

The comedian and actor, 41, welcomed daughter Mabel with partner Laura Gallacher in November.

Brand told NME parenthood had filled a hole once placated by rock 'n' roll pursuits.

"The corollary of each of those things is transcendence of self," he said.

"Fame means a version of you exists that is not you. Drugs take you out of yourself. Sex takes you out of yourself. They're all sort of transcendent.

"Fatherhood, literally another person comes out of you and is of you."

Brand recently returned to live radio for the first time since the 2008 Sachsgate scandal but the man oft-referred to as a "high-wire" act says things are different now.

"I don't want to fall off," he said.

"I've got responsibilities now. I do like flirting with danger, but I'd prefer not to fall."

Brand, who has more than 12 million followers on Twitter, admitted fame was "bewildering" at its height.

"The problem with luxury is that all of your needs are fulfilled as soon as you have them, forcing you to realise that you cannot be fulfilled in that way," he said.

"Being a celebrity is like that. It's bewildering.

"All of that fame and glamour and being in newspapers and flown around in jets, you think it's about you, but that's just the symptoms of someone else making money from you."

The star said when he started out in Hollywood he believed the gushing praise showered on him by people in the industry.

"In the car after about five of these meetings I turned to my manager and went, 'It's weird, because everyone says people in Hollywood are manipulative liars, but they're actually really nice and honest!," he said.

"I didn't realise until afterwards. 'Hold on a minute!' When you interface with someone on the level of their ego, there's no limit to what you can get them to do.

"It's not easy to realise when you're in the midst of that because it's too brilliant. I mean 'brilliant' in the sense of blinding bright lights."

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