Paul O’Grady has revealed he once swallowed a lump of cannabis to avoid serving jail time in Bangkok, Thailand.
The 60-year-old TV star was passing through an airport in Bangkok in 1992 and as two guards approached him, Paul hastily washed a chunk of cannabis down with a can of Coca-Cola.
Paul – who was handed the drugs by his late partner and manager Brendan Murphy – recalled: ”I saw to my horror two armed guards walking towards us. There was no sign of a bin and the guards were getting closer. There was only one thing for it.
”I popped it in my mouth and washed it down with the can of Coke I was holding.”
Paul admitted his intense partying days almost killed him, but a heart attack in 2001 caused him to dramatically change his drink and drug-fuelled lifestyle.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ”I grew up overnight. It really did shake me and I’ve toed the line ever since.
”My clubbing days are over. That dreadful lifestyle I was leading. Out seven nights a week. Out of me mind, smoking, drinking. When you get told by Mick Jagger that you’re a bad influence on the Rolling Stones, it’s time to put the brakes on and call it a day.
”Ronnie Wood told me that Mick said I was to keep away from the Stones, because there were three things they were not allowed on tour – drugs, alcohol and me!”