Henry Cavill claims dog has saved his mental health

The actor has thanked his other half for treating him ‘like a rag doll’, saying: ‘I have found in my past 10 years living away from home that I needed to be in control of everything. And that doesn’t work for me’

Henry Cavill has claimed his dog, Kal, has saved his mental health. The actor, who lives in California with his long-term partner, Luisana Loreley, made the comments at the Golden Globes gala in Los Angeles.

“I have lived in the United States for 10 years now, but I’ve actually found in my past 10 years living away from home – and I’m talking like a guy who just left, like for the first time – that I needed to be in control of everything. So that doesn’t work for me,” he said.

“I don’t know where I’ve been, but I know where I am right now. I have found in my past 10 years living away from home, I needed to be in control of everything.”

Kal, who has the actor’s name tattooed on his left forearm, has responded to the showbiz award by tweeting “wow this is great and real”.

Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) “What is your highest accolade in life?”

Wow this is great and real

I’m so thankful for these folks!

(my dog) https://t.co/XKxTHmveSH

Cavill met Loreley in 2013 after being cast as Superman in Man of Steel. At the time, Cavill had been out of work after leaving the Superman role, but his performance impressed director Zack Snyder and he was offered a permanent role in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film.

Henry Cavill and Nicole Kidman arrive at the Golden Globes. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock

Away from the red carpet, Cavill has said Kal has helped him battle depression that was caused by his decision to quit the superhero role. He said in an interview that his dog saved his life. “He’s saved my life a few times. In the beginning it was because I was having terrible anxiety and he was the only thing that made me feel better,” he said.

“The dogs will get agitated. I’ll be cowering around and I’ll think: ‘Will I wake up from this dog dream in the morning?’ But it’s so incredible to have a calm dog and to have that back. It’s usually just the other week that we get into this dog war.”

On Friday, Cavill gave his support to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Golden Globes. He tweeted: “This is an amazing event. Thank you @goldenglobes for your generosity! Make sure you connect me with anyone who would like to help @UNICEF campaign. Thanks again.”

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