You’d expect someone like Rob Lowe to look back on his career-threatening scandal back in the late 80s and feel only regret and shame about it. However, it seems that Lowe has learned from it and looks back at the good.
The 55-year-old star was confronted with his filmed sexual encounter made during the 1988 Democratic National Convention during his appearance on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show.” He had faced a lawsuit in 1989 from the mother of a 16-year-old girl who was involved in the sex tape. Lowe claimed not to have known that she was underaged.
When Lowe spoke of the huge scandal today, he found it easy to be upbeat and positive. In fact, he joked, “The problem was, I didn’t make any money off of it like everybody does now. I was too stupid.”
However, on a more serious note, Lowe said that if it were not for the ordeal, he would not have the life he has today.
‘It Got Me Sober’
“It’s one of the reasons why I got sober,” he said. “I, like, woke up one day and was like, ‘What am I doing with my life, 29 years in?’
“People talk about it, I go, ‘I think it’s the best thing that ever happened to me,'” he continued. “Honestly, I do, ’cause it got me sober. Sober got me married. I’ve been married 29 years, and I have two great sons. I don’t think any of that happens without going through that scandal. I really don’t.”
“Thank you to all those who have inspired me on this wonderful, challenging and life-changing journey,” he captioned a photo of him in his younger years. “If you, or someone you know, are struggling with alcohol or addiction, there CAN be a future of hope, health and happiness. And it comes one day at a time. #recovery #ItWorks.”
Lowe also told Cagle, “It’s not a great recipe for success to give an 18-year-old male fame, money, drugs and expect there not to be something that goes wrong.”