Jason Donovan has revealed that his past drug use was driven by a mistaken desire to be cool.
The chart-topping Australian artist, 51, rebelled against what he perceived as his clean-cut image by indulging in cocaine in the 80s and 90s.
He said the sight of himself in a loin-cloth for the family-friendly Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 1991 made him concerned about his own identity being eroded by the uncool.
Honest: Jason Donovan has revealed that his drug use was driven by a mistaken desire to be cool
He said: ‘No life is perfect, you know, and I’m far from it.
‘I got very lucky very young, I got a little sidetracked by my own desire to think that by going out there and “crashing the car”, as I see it, that I was going to be cool.
‘I always thought coming out of Joseph when I looked at myself in a loin-cloth and a pair of white fluffy socks that I was turning into something I wasn’t.’
He said that his motivation to be cool was an error, and he has appreciated his work with maturity and experience.
Concerns: He said the sight of himself in a loin-cloth for the family-friendly Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (pictured younger) made him concerned about his identity
Donovan, who rose to global fame after first appearing on Neighbours in 1986, and then launching a music career, was at one point getting through several grams of cocaine a day.
Father-of-three Donovan said he would never want his children to follow his drug-taking path but does not totally regret his experiences.
The singer said of his roles: ‘The irony in life is that’s as cool as it was going to get, it just takes time to mature, and seem a little more palatable.
‘I now know what I don’t want to do in my life, I’m very honest about that period. Do I regret it? Not really.
‘It was wasted time. There were a lot of relationships that suffered. But I got out at the right time and I’ve learned from it.
Tough time: Jason once admitted that his drug dealer became concerned by his three-gram-a-day habit in the 90s (picture date, unknown)
‘There are a lot of life experiences that I’m aware of that maybe other people wouldn’t be, having not experienced that.
‘Having said that, would I like my children to go down the path that I went? Absolutely not.
‘There’s nothing cool about taking drugs, full stop.’
The singer, who enjoyed huge success with his 1989 debut album Ten Good Reasons, is launching a new tour and is focused on family and his work.
Donovan is now focused on his family, and is driven to work by a love of music and the joy of engaging with his fans.
He has announced a new, extensive tour to bring his hits to an audience that still has an appetite for classic tracks.
The singer believes the 52-date tour will match the nostalgia of his audience.
He said: ‘I’m part of the soundtrack to many people’s lives.
‘Nostalgia is massive at the moment. People love to look back. I think it’s a comfort.’
The revelation comes as it was reported that the Especially For You hitmaker saved his neighbours from a fire at 2 am in nothing but his underwear on Sunday.
He tackled the blaze in well-heeled Notting Hill with a fire extinguisher from his house.
His manager, Sam Wright, confirmed the news, telling the Daily Mail: ‘Jason said the people over the road are horrified that they’ve had a fire in their house. ‘He’s just glad that everyone’s OK. He said anybody would do the same.’
Iconic: Jason played Scott Robinson who married Kylie Minogue’s character, Charlene in Neighbours in 1988 – they dated in real life and famously had a night in a Travelodge
He joked about his drive to perform: ‘I like to face my fears, my anxieties, take risks. I also like to live quite will. I like to go to restaurants, I’m not ashamed of that, and that costs money mate.
‘But let’s not forget, I absolutely love my job. I’m very lucky, very grateful.’
The Even More Reasons Why tour kicks off in Cheltenham on September 16 next year.
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A step back in time: Jason was seen as a ‘butter wouldn’t melt’ pop star in the 80s with hits such as Too Many Broken Hearts and Sealed With A Kiss (date unknown)