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We had no idea! Bradley Cooper has just come clean about his struggle with drugs and alcohol. In a candid interview in the January issue of GQ, Bradley admitted that after being in two seasons of the ABC show Alias, the young actor asked series creator director and writer J.J. Abrams to be written off the Jennifer Garner vehicle. The now A-lister admitted that quickly things took a downward spiral when he turned to drugs and alcohol.

"If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life," he told the mag. The American Hustle star also revealed that his addictions began getting in the way of his career.

    "I think work was getting f---ed up. The one thing that I've learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have . . .Yes, of course it hindered the work."

The Oscar nominated actor said sobriety greatly helped his situation:

    "I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them," he says. "And I'm sober, and I'm like, 'Oh, I'm actually myself. And I don't have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the f--- is that about? I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful."

Things definitely seem wonderful for the hunky actor -- Bradley is starring in the critically and commercially acclaimed film, American Hustle, alongside his Silver Linings Playbook costar Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale. The He's Just Not That Into You star recently went public with his 21-year-old girlfriend, British model girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, at the New York premiere of American Hustle on Dec. 8.