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Lucy Hale has opened up on her sobriety journey for the first time as she discussed her inner journey and relationship with alcohol in an emotional chat.

The Pretty Little Liars actress, 33, welled up as she appeared on The Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett where she got candid about going to a ‘dark place’.

Last week, Lucy celebrated one year of sobriety in a Valentine’s Day post about self-love.

She announced she had hit the milestone on January 2, after deciding to give up alcohol for good in January 2022. 

She shared that it had mostly been a ‘private’ journey and took to social media to acknowledge the achievement with a cake baked for the occasion. 

Candid: Lucy Hale has opened up on her sobriety journey for the first time as she discussed her inner journey and relationship with alcohol

Candid: Lucy Hale has opened up on her sobriety journey for the first time as she discussed her inner journey and relationship with alcohol

'Dark place': The Pretty Little Liars actress, 33, appeared on The Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett where she got candid about going to a 'dark place'

‘Dark place’: The Pretty Little Liars actress, 33, appeared on The Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett where she got candid about going to a ‘dark place’

Addiction: Now, she has spoken about her addiction for the first time, saying it was a 'self-destructive' coping mechanism

Addiction: Now, she has spoken about her addiction for the first time, saying it was a ‘self-destructive’ coping mechanism

Lucy captioned her picture: ‘Bear with me, this is an alternative Valentine’s Day post. This is a post about self-love and about the greatest thing I’ve ever done. 

‘On January 2, 2023 I celebrated one year of sobriety.’

She went on to add in the post to her 24.5 million followers: ‘While this journey has mostly been private, I felt compelled tonight to let anyone who is struggling know that you are not alone and you are loved.’

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Now, she has spoken about her addiction for the first time, saying it was a ‘self-destructive’ coping mechanism.

Lucy said: ‘You have to go to a dark place sometimes to get to that point…It’s dark, disgusting, and scary. 

‘I wish I could go back and tell my sixteen year old self, buckle up, girl. We’re going to go through some sh*t.’

Speaking on her relationship with alcohol, she said: “And then the coping mechanisms were, like, incredibly self-destructive. 

‘I’ve been working on getting sober since I was 20…I just, like, held on to that belief that that real Lucy came out when she was drinking.’

‘I tried to change for my mum, I tried to change for my career.’

‘One of my best friends died of alcoholism, and that still didn’t make me want to get sober…None of that sh*t works.’

She added: ‘Alcohol isn’t the problem, the problem is this feeling inside of me.’

Lucy then spoke about suffering form an eating disorder, saying: ‘When we have those successes in life, we have an assumption that’ll fix a bunch of stuff.

‘I struggled with an eating disorder, because society makes it really freaking hard to like the way you look.

‘I hated myself so much that I couldn’t even give it basic needs like food…I did not feel worthy of the success or the career or the people in my life.’

Lucy has remained quiet about her journey with addiction over the years but previously admitted in 2017 she wanted to give up alcohol as she had ‘no interest’ in partying anymore and wanted to be the the ‘best version’ of herself possible.  

Self-love: The actress announced she had hit the milestone on January 2, after deciding to give up alcohol for good in January 2022

Self-love: The actress announced she had hit the milestone on January 2, after deciding to give up alcohol for good in January 2022

She said: ‘I’m just always trying to surround myself with better people and be the best version of myself possible. 

‘I know it sounds obnoxious to hear people say that, but why not? I go home, and my dad’s like, ‘You L.A. hippie with your crystals and your SoulCycle!

‘I always used to make fun of those people, but now I think it’s just magic. I’m almost 28, but…I think I only just figured out who I was a year ago.

‘I know it seems silly because it’s just hair. But at a point, I was like, ‘Why don’t I just own that I’m different? I guess cutting my hair was like me finally saying, ‘I don’t give a f***.”

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