Reese Witherspoon on her 2013 arrest: ‘It was so embarrassing’

Actor made candid comments about the incident in an interview on Jameela Jamil's I Weigh podcast

Roisin O'Connor
Saturday 18 April 2020 07:55
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Reese Witherspoon has reflected on the 2013 incident where she was arrested with her husband Jim Roth after he was pulled over by police on suspicious of driving under the influence (DUI).

The Big Little Lies star was placed in handcuffs on a charge of disorderly conduct after she disobeyed an officer’s request to stay in the car. Roth pleaded guilty to a first offense DUI.

Two weeks after the arrest, Witherspoon went on Good Morning America and called the incident “completely unacceptable”.

“It’s just completely unacceptable and we are so sorry and embarrassed,” she said. I think we made a mistake and it was something that will absolutely never happen again…

“We thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not. We know better and we shouldn’t have done that.”

“You apologised and shamed yourself in a way that was so f***ing refreshing to me,” Jameela Jamil told her, in a new interview on her I Weigh podcast. “I loved your apology.”

“But, I did something really stupid,” Reese said, explaining why she made a public apology. She later added: “It was so embarrassing and dumb. But, you know what... turns out I breathe air. I bleed the same way. I make dumb decisions. I make great decisions. I’m just a human being.”

In the same interview, Witherspoon addressed a number of issues including mental health, women in power, and her experiences of post-partum depression.

Jamil is among the stars scheduled to appear during Lady Gaga‘s One World: Together at Home concert, which takes place tonight (18 April) and will be streamed globally.

The Independent will be liveblogging the event. See the full list of scheduled performances here.

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