Is David Duchovny a sex addict? How a sordid lifestyle led to separation from Tea Leoni

Is David Duchovny a sex addict? How a sordid lifestyle led to separation from Tea Leoni
David Duchovny and Tea Leoni were married for 18 years before divorcing in 2014 (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

Addiction to everything is bad. You must have heard this sentence thousands of times in your life, but when you are addicted to something, it’s not easy to get away from it. Well, society tells us that there are good addictions and bad addictions, but the truth is that every addiction causes negative consequences in a human’s life and that’s what happened with actor David Duchovny.

The entire world knows about Duchovny, but if you are a 90s kid, you would realize that he was one of the highest-paid actors in television and appeared in the blockbuster series ‘The X-Files’. The series brought him many laurels and made him a worldwide phenomenon. Over the years, he did a lot of great projects and cemented his place in Hollywood. However, everything came crumbling down when reports starts surfacing that he might be cheating on his wife and actress Tea Leoni.


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At first Duchovny denied all such reports of cheating, but things started to get really hard for the actor, and the couple separated in 2008. The real reason behind their separation was much more scandalous and was related to addiction. In 2008, when the couple parted their ways, Duchovny revealed that he is entering a rehab facility for “sex addiction.”

David Duchovny (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

For most people, the news came as a shock, but if you have followed his career closely you’ll realize that it was not entirely surprising that he checked into a rehab center for sex addiction. You can have a look at the projects he has done in the past and you’ll get an idea.

In 1990, the actor starred in a movie titled ‘Julia Has Two Lovers’, in which he played a weird guy calling women after taking their numbers from a phonebook and pleasuring himself during the conversations. Even his character on ‘The X-Files’, Fox Mulder, is also considered to have an obsession with porn. Meanwhile, some of his other projects such as ‘The Rapture’ and ‘Full Frontal’ also gave us an idea that something is really wrong. So, when he came out with the revelation of being a “sex addict”, there was nothing shocking about it. However, it has spoiled his marriage and as we mentioned above, it’s really hard to get away from addiction.

In 2007, he did a show titled ‘Californication’ and played the role of Hank Moody, a writer trying to juggle his career, personal relationships, and his appetite for beautiful women. Once again, he played a character addicted to sex and had physical relationships with women who were much younger than his character.


A still from 'Californication' (Showtime)

Apart from doing these roles, his dating history has also been a testament to how “having sex” has been one of the most important things in his life. He has been linked to many actresses like Winona Ryder, Sheryl Lee, Perrey Reeves, and Ashley Judd. Meanwhile, there were rumors that David also dated his ‘X-Files’ co-star Gillian Anderson for a while. However, the duo never made things official. So, it didn’t come as a shock that Duchovny was being posed as a “cheater” in the media. But the 2008 incident was not the first time that his sex life turned out to be a topic of discussion.

Relapses are common and you just can’t expect an addict to give up sex for the rest of their life. There could be a lot of reasons for people to get addicted to sex, but like any other addiction, it is usually an escape from problems that cause stress and depression.
Before marrying Tea Leoni in 1997, the actor was linked to so many women that he had to come out and deny the reports that he had to attend some meetings to control his cravings. In an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1997, Duchovny revealed that he is not a “sex addict” and was never in a “monogamous relationship”.


Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Eleven years later, it turns out that he indeed had a sex addiction and it ruined his life. Duchovny and Leoni were married for 18 years before divorcing in 2014, and they also have two kids together.

Last year, it was reported that he is ready to talk about his divorce and addiction issues in a memoir and we hope that he releases it soon because people would surely like to read it.


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