Comedian Julien Lacroix was able to rely on his friend Maripier Morin to begin his rehabilitation after being the victim of allegations and sexual misconduct in the summer of 2020.
“Maripier was so important to me. She was a motivation. Having experienced it alone, I wonder what it would have been like,” confided Julien Lacroix in the “Grains d’heure” podcast, posted online on Monday evening. The comedian, who continues his comeback in public spaces, found himself there who found himself in the same situation as him three years ago.
After being forced to put their respective careers on hold, Maripier Morin enrolled in therapy on July 13, 2020 and when she was released 20 days later, she wanted to call Julien Lacroix. The latter initially said he wanted to “get out of there on his own” and shortly afterwards finally began therapy at Maison Jean Lapointe.
In the podcast, both personalities describe themselves as addicted alcoholics and say they have been sober for three years. They touched on various topics related to their use and rehabilitation as well as their friendship as a background for this very emotional interview.
Screenshot Grains of Hope with Julien Lacroix
Help from Maripier Morin
“Nobody experiences anything like that. Maripier was so important to me. She was a motivation. Having experienced it alone, I wonder what it would have been like,” asked the comedian, who said he often calls his friend for advice or chats with him when he’s not feeling well.
His need to be isolated, stay away from social media, and his perception of having experienced an “accelerated recovery” during his therapy helped him get back on his feet, he says. The comedian also claims that he had already stopped drinking when the wave of denunciations broke out in July 2020.
“I celebrated early, started drinking around 12-13, then Cola came along. I gave enough until I was 27. At 27, I’m actually a bit dead,” the young man replies when asked whether he misses partying.
Julien Lacroix explains that “it had to be mixed and things had to be said.” He has repeatedly stated in this interview that he is committed to discussion and dialogue.
He used his platform to pay a beautiful tribute to his friend Maude, who he describes as an intelligent and strong woman. It was she who contacted Jean-Marie Lapointe and asked him to help her lover.
“She’s extraordinary on another level… She’s been judged.” She was Julien Lacroix’s blonde, walking the set with her head held high. I say thank you to life every day for meeting this woman. “So does my brother, who also works in the industry,” says the artist, who prefers to use the term “develop” instead of “change” for himself.
After losing many friends and making numerous apologies and amends, Julien Lacroix affirms that some friends left him forever, but others “left to come back better”.
“You are described as a monster, I can’t blame the people who left. People have also called me to apologize. The weight it has lifted off my shoulders! » breathes the comedian, who remembers a painful show in Verdun during which he had a panic attack.
“It was the only time I ever told myself that I wanted to drink something to go faster and that I wanted to get high again,” he admits.
Julien Lacroix was targeted by allegations of sexual misconduct by nine women in July 2020 and was forced to withdraw from public life following the scandal.
The comedian announced his return to the stage with his second comedy show Le temps au temps on social media earlier this week. It will run in Quebec City on Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th and then hit the road in winter 2024.
Screenshot of the Grains of Hope podcast with Julien Lacroix