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"I had received 'an inconvenient truth' from a beautiful woman."It wasn't about climate change - I'm not that ecologically switched on - she told me she was pregnant and it wasn't mine."The 37-year-old also opened up about his battle with drugs during an appearance on yesterday (March 5), in which he made host Phillip Schofield gasp after apparently letting slip a swear word.Brand is tonight hosting the 'Give it Up for Comic Relief' gig, which will help support those affected by drug and alcohol dependency in the UK.She was a f**king genius.” “Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant,” writes Brand. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease [of addiction].” The thoughtful, pained letter is worth reading in its entirety. ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** ***** When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new.

He recalls “a voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine…

Don't pick up a drink or drug, one day at a time."Spurred by Amy's death, I've tried to salvage unwilling victims from the mayhem of the internal storm and am always, always, just pulled inside myself."Brand commented that even though in the ten years he has been clean his "life has immeasurably improved", he cannot understate "the efficiency of heroin in neutralising pain"."I look to drugs and booze to fill up a hole in me," he said. I still survey streets for signs of the subterranean escapes that used to provide my sanctuary."I still eye the shuffling subclass of junkies and dealers, invisibly gliding between doorways through the gutters.

I see that dereliction can survive in opulence - the abundantly wealthy with destitution in their stare."Brand revealed that he seriously thought about taking heroin relatively recently, when an unknown girl dashed his dream of becoming a father."The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday," he said.

"Even though I saw it coming it still hurt when it eventually hit me."What was so painful about Amy's death is that I know there is something I could have done.

I could have passed on to her the solution that was freely given to me.