Russell Brand has given away most of his fortune.

The 42-year-old comic - who has 11-month-old daughter Mabel with wife Laura Gallacher - claims he will have to work for the rest of his life because his luxury lifestyle and generosity towards others have left him living from one pay cheque to the next.

Russell - who is estimated to be worth around £10 million - is quoted by the Mail on Sunday newspaper as saying: ''I live hand to mouth. I gave people too much money, I gave too much to charity, I bought too many good things, I didn't look at the contracts. Now I've got to work for the rest of my life.''

Meanwhile, Russell - who was also previously married to Katy Perry - recently opened up about his long battle with various addictions and admitted his obsession with sex got particularly bad when he quit drugs, but he feels ''lucky'' he never had any ''weird tastes''.

He said: ''By the time I took heroin, I was just a person who really liked things that affected the way I felt, that changed the way I felt. And it felt good. People don't take drugs because drugs are bad. People take drugs because drugs are fantastic. The problem is that drugs don't deal with the root problem. It doesn't treat the pain. You can't take heroin all day everyday like I did. It got me into trouble.

''When I became sexually aware as a teenager, I got very obsessive about sex and women and pornography. So the problem around sex was present back then. I was very uncomfortable with my body, so my problems were around porn and food. Then I took drugs between 16 and 19 and then heroin. I lost a lot of weight and moved from the suburbs into the city. Women were now attracted to me. I went sort of crazy with that. The sexual addiction, for me, was worse when I was clean. I think for about five, 10 years it was really bad.

''Listen, I'm lucky. I was famous. I'm heterosexual. I'm attracted to adult, human females. It's not complicated. I don't have any weird tastes. It was a good position to be in if you have that particular problem.''