Elle Macpherson Opens Up About Getting Sober After Celebrating Major Milestone

Elle Macpherson attends the In goop Health Summit New York 2019 at Seaport District NYC on March 09, 2019 in New York City.
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Elle Macpherson recently opened up about her decision to get sober twenty years ago.

During a wide-ranging interview for Body+Soul magazine, the 59-year-old supermodel said that before she celebrated her 40th birthday, she realized she had an alcohol problem.

“I stopped drinking in 2003 because I felt I couldn’t be fully present in my life and it was a wonderful springboard of getting to know myself on a deeper level,” Macpherson told the outlet.

“Everybody has their own journey and I’m not interested in telling other people what to do but I know that this was a decision that I’ve never regretted,” she added.

“Although it required discipline and persistence the bottom line is you can’t be well and present in your life if you’re not present and well, and alcohol doesn’t really support that,” Macpherson continued. “It’s very difficult to get to know yourself if you’re numbing yourself.”

In a recent Instagram post, she celebrated her major milestone of 20 years of sobriety. Her post included a close-up shot of her Alcoholics Anonymous tri-plate blue and gold token.

In 2020, Macpherson spoke to Gritty magazine and reflected on her sobriety path.

“It’s funny, 40 is such an introspective year,” Elle told the magazine. “I actually got sober when I was 40. I felt like I wanted to spend time in introspection.”

And now ahead of turning 60 in March, the supermodel said she feels “incredible.”


“I think that’s the most important thing,” Macpherson said. “You say I look incredible but I feel that way. I just love that sense of vitality and I’m grateful for my life, I’m grateful for my journey and I am loving turning 60.”

“I don’t focus on aging,” she added. “I think it’s more important to focus on the quality of the life that you’re living and how you’re living life to the fullest. They always say it’s not the years in your life it’s the life in your years. That’s what I like to help people with, which is how they can live their life to their fullest.”

The model was previously married, once to fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon and second to hotel billionaire Jeffrey Soffer. Macpherson also has two children from a previous relationship.

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