Actor Rob Lowe ‘regrets’ not making money from infamous sex tape

Actor Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe has joked he was “stupid” for not making money from his sex tape.

The 55-year-old actor has made light of the infamous incident in 1988, when the emergence of the sex tape threatened to undermine his career in the movie business.

Speaking to SiriusXM, Rob quipped: “The problem was, I didn’t make any money off of it like everybody does. I was too stupid.”

But Rob – who has sons Matthew, 26, and John, 24, with his wife Sheryl Berkoff – thinks the incident became a life-shaping moment.

“I woke up one day and was like, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ I’m 29 years in.”

— Rob Lowe

He explained: “It’s one of the reasons I got sober. I woke up one day and was like, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ I’m 29 years in. I honestly think it’s the best thing that happened to me. I got sober. Sober got me married. I’ve been married for 29 years. I have two great sons.”

Rob – whose new show is called Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! – also admits to being given too much, too soon.

The Hollywood star explained that having “fame, money and drugs” during his teenage years was “not a great recipe for success”.

He reflected: “It’s not a great recipe for success to give an 18-year-old male fame, money and drugs and expect there not to be something that goes wrong. I talk a lot about recovery in the show because it’s good to see the example … I needed the examples when I was trying to change my life.”