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Jason Ritter Recalls Struggle with Alcoholism Before Marrying Melanie Lynskey

Jason Ritter got emotional while speaking about the changes he implemented to feel worthy of marrying his wife Melanie Lynskey.

The couple appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The Drew Barrymore Show during which the Parenthood star opened up about his struggles with alcohol during their early days of dating. Host Drew Barrymore asked Ritter, “What was your moment when you knew [Lynskey was the one],” to which he replied, “I knew how incredible Melanie was early on.” He continued, “It’s not as cute of a story as you would like to think. It was messy and interesting and weird. But mixed in the mix, [I was] dealing with some alcoholism issues.” Getting choked up he added, “At a point, I knew how amazing she was, and I thought she would be incredible for someone who deserved her, basically.” Lynskey reached for his hand while whispering “Aw.”

Ritter explained, “I didn’t feel like I was that person. I thought [I was] a little bit too crazy. So it was only after like maybe a year into not drinking where I started to go, ‘Oh, maybe I can promise some things to someone else. Maybe I can be this person.’ It’s been like a slow burn. I knew she was incredible. It was working on myself enough to feel like maybe I can be the one for her, too.” As she wiped around tears, Lynskey added that her husband had done “so much work on himself. I’m so proud of him.” In response to the look of shock on Barrymore’s face following this confession, Lynskey apologized and joked, “It’s gonna get more fun.”

Barrymore then shared her own experience with sobriety, revealing, “I haven’t had a drink—and I’m not sober, I don’t work a program—but alcohol was my poison. And I haven’t had a drink in almost four years.” Earlier this month, Barrymore told the Los Angeles Times that she leaned heavily on alcohol following her 2016 divorce from Will Kopelman. The talk show host told Lynskey and Ritter, “The narrative that one creates is that I can’t be with someone, and I haven’t been in a relationship since I stopped drinking, and I’m really looking forward to, one day, not having that ‘bad girl’ narrative, the instability, the ‘I’m not someone who’s right to not be with someone for their sake.’”

After the couple’s interview aired, Ritter retweeted the clip of them on the show, writing, “Thank you @DrewBarrymoreTV for having us!! And for the space to talk about things like this! And thank you @melanielynskey for having me in the first place.”

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