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Anthony Hopkins' wife saved him from 'depression'

Bang Showbiz
Monday 31 January 2011 12:12 GMT

Sir Anthony Hopkins' wife saved him from depression.

The British actor married Colombian born antiques dealer Stella Arroyave in 2003 and he revealed meeting her was the best thing that ever happened to him as he now thinks he was suffering from "slight depression" at that point in his life.

He explained: "She met me ten years ago when I was shut down. Shut down for some years. I didn't feel shut down at that time. I felt I was quite happy. But I was dealing with slight depression. Not trusting anyone. Certainly not trusting women.

"Everyday she wakes up happy. She's very positive about everything. I learnt from her just to take life as it comes. So I live my life in non -expectation."

Anthony credits 54-year-old Stella's easy going nature with helping him to deal with the difficulties of fame and he now doesn't care what people think of him.

He told Seven magazine: "My philosophy is: It's none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier."

Along with a brief brush with depression, Anthony, 73, also had a tendency to drink too much alcohol in his youth but he soon decided it wasn't for him.

He said: "When I first came to LA in the seventies I was drinking up a storm. Everyone else was doing drugs but I just thought: 'This is it. No more booze'. I'd had a couple of warnings. People told me: 'You've got a nice career ahead of you, you should clean yourself up.' But I didn't do it for the work, I did it for me."

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