Dancer Corey O’Brien Reflects On 9 Years Of Sobriety In Powerful Short Film


Fans accustomed to Corey O’Brien’s playful presence on TikTok and Instagram could also be shocked to see the dancer strike a extra introspective pose in a brand new quick movie. 

O’Brien final week unveiled “Freedom,” which was produced in collaboration with the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Directed by Brandon Hudson, the movie exhibits O’Brien reflecting on his recovery journey in commemoration of National Recovery Month (September) in addition to his ninth year of sobriety on Oct. 1. 

(*9*) O’Brien, 30, informed HuffPost. “I wanted to share my story in a way that was authentic to who I was and who I am now. … Creating art has not only been a passion of mine, but it’s been extremely therapeutic in my journey with sobriety.”

Catch Corey O’Brien’s “Freedom” beneath.

A Pennsylvania native, O’Brien exhibited a expertise for the performing arts at an early age. His addictive tendencies, he stated, grew to become obvious shortly thereafter ― across the identical time he started to grapple along with his id as a homosexual man. He began consuming at age 12, and by the point he turned 21, his household sought remedy for him by means of a 28-day rehab program that ended up lasting a full year.

As is the case for a lot of people in the LGBTQ community, O’Brien noticed substance abuse as “a way to escape who I was and the shame I felt, especially around my sexuality.”

“My peers rarely paid attention to me unless it was to remind me how ‘different’ I was,” he stated. “For me, alcohol seemed like a way to silence those negative things, but instead they began to materialize in how I treated others and, ultimately, how I treated myself.”

These days, O’Brien is blissful to succeed in for the barre as an alternative of the bottle. He continues to showcase his fancy footwork on episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and alongside Mariah Carey and P. Diddy, amongst different stars. He’s additionally courting NFL free agent Ryan Russell, who got here out as bisexual in 2019.

Ryan Russell (left) and O’Brien in 2019. 

Together, the strikingly good-looking couple takes followers behind the scenes of their romance through a TikTok video collection.

O’Brien hopes that “Freedom” will assist set the tone for his subsequent project. Later this fall, he’ll relaunch his podcast, “Life According to Corey,” with an interview lineup that features Ricky Martin, Rumer Willis and different stars.

The dancer hopes he and his company will collectively share “deep-diving conversations and hilarious stories” in addition to “speak openly and honestly about our past, present and future.”

“I’m focused on creating my own lane in the industry,” O’Brien stated. “My mission is to inspire my listeners to live in their truth, fight for what they believe in and know insecurities are actually superpowers.”

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