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Lea Michele Tells Chelsea Handler She Began Drinking as a Toddler

The ‘Brunette Ambition’ author joined Handler on ‘Chelsea Lately’ Thursday evening.

By: Ashley Ramnarain

Published: May 30th, 2014 in Culture » TV » News

Chelsea Handler made a startling discovery this week while reading Lea Michele’s recently published book Brunette Ambition. And, being Chelsea Handler, it was the first thing she addressed in her interview with the Glee star.

“You wrote this book and it’s about lifestyle, right? Like eating healthy, it’s about fitness, it’s about taking care of yourself…” the Chelsea Lately star began innocently, before adding, “And you talk about that you don’t have to get rid of alcohol and that you’ve been drinking since you were a toddler?”

“It makes me seem crazy!” Michele exclaimed, before continuing, “I’m Italian, so at the dinner table it would be like Pellegrino, a jug of soda and a huge thing of wine. Everyone was drinking wine, like it was part of what you would have along with your dinner.”

The Glee star went on to explain how naturalized her wine drinking had become, even at the age of seventeen.

“Growing up, I’d be having dinner with my boyfriend and his parents and I’d be like, ‘Where’s the wine? Pass the wine,’ at like seventeen! And they’re like, ‘This girl is crazy!'”

Drinking at such an early age didn’t seem to have a negative affect on Michele though. If anything, the singer-actress explained that casual wine drinking curbed her appetite for it as a teenager.

“When they make it so you can have it, then you don’t want it,” she explained to Handler, “It’s when they’re like, ‘You can’t have this,’ kids are like ‘We gotta get that booze.'”

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