British comedian and actor Russell Brand goes vegan again after quitting veganism in 2013.
Brand took to social media to announce that he’s vegan again while showing off some of the vegan bread, cakes, and cupcakes that he baked since competing and winning in the recent Celebrity Bake Off episode.
“I’ve been baking like a maniac ever since. And I’m vegan now (again). #StandUpToCancer #GBBO @BritishBakeOff,” he wrote on Twitter.
Vegan fans and organizations commended the actor for choosing to go back to veganism despite his negative perception regarding the lifestyle a few years ago.
A vegan fan commented: “YAY!! So glad you are vegan Russell and the bread looks wonderful! Thanks too for your new short videos that lend advice to common struggles we face and for your Under the Skin episodes as well…xXx”
Another added: “Thank fricking goodness! I saw you on a Celebrity Vegan List & I thought, I wish he was! Hurrah!”
“Yay… vegan too… just when I thought you couldn’t be more lovely,” said another.
“Hey, this is great so happy, to read you’re vegan now. To be honest, I always wondered and asked me, if you’re vegan or only vegetarian!? Actually thought, sure you are, or logically should be vegan, because it makes sense with your compassionate views. Congrats,” wrote another.
Brand has been vegetarian since the age of 14 as he believes that “you shouldn’t eat animals. It’s mean to them.”
In 2011, he became vegan after watching the vegan health documentary Forks Over Knives, which discussed the health benefits of going vegan and how switching to a plant-based diet can help eliminate or control diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
He wrote on Twitter: “I’m now vegan, goodbye eggs, hello Ellen. RT @katyperry: Me & the Mr. just watched ‘Forks Over Knives‘. You can get it on Netflix!”
The tweet was a shout out to ex-vegan comedian and host Ellen DeGeneres, who was one of the most influential vegan celebrities at the time.
However, Brand chose to go back to being vegetarian in 2013 as he felt that a vegan diet is “like being in a food prison.” In 2014, he asked his vegan fans to help him go back to being vegan.