Charlie Sheen: I'm "Absolutely" Sober Now

Celebrity News Sep. 14, 2011 AT 12:11PM
Charlie Sheen: I'm "Absolutely" Sober Now Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC

Here's hoping Charlie Sheen's 47th year is a little chiller than his 46th.

Sheen, who celebrated his 46th birthday Sept. 3, has kept a relatively low profile over the past several months following an unforgettable, sometimes disturbing period marked by benders in hotel rooms and his L.A. manse, brief hospital and rehab stays, divorce, "Goddess" roommates, bizarre sound bytes and his fiery departure from CBS' Two and a Half Men.

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In a new TV interview with The Today Show's Matt Lauer -- his first since that meltdown -- Sheen says his emotional state is "a lot calmer. It's a lot mellower."

Of the past year, he admits, "I don't really know what happened. It was one of those things where the planets were aligned, perfectly or imperfectly. I said some stuff and then it caught such traction globally and instantly that I couldn't really put out the fire."

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"From one moment to the next, I didn't know what was going to happen," Sheen tells Lauer. "It was pretty exciting."

And Sheen doesn't regret a thing -- well, maybe a few. "Looking back on it, I don't think I would trade it, but there are portions of it I would have amended a little bit," he admits. "I don't know, the tiger blood [thing], it was so silly and people took it so seriously and I figured, alright, I'll continue to give the people what they want, you know?"

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The star also insists to Lauer that he's "absolutely" sober, although he couldn't specify the last time he had a drink or took drugs. "I don't really keep track of the time. It's been awhile."

And, post-Goddesses, Sheen says he's more of a family man than he ever was -- and getting along with his ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.

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"I'm seeing my kids a lot more, mending fences with Denise and Brooke, just trying to move forward and prioritize what matters."

He adds: "I think that’s where the life is, you know, it's in those quiet moments. It's not the giant TV deal or the big party or the award or whatever, it's the memory of your child’s smile at the end of the day that sort of brings that one lonesome tear, you know?"

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