Richard E. Grant reveals he once sought THERAPY to overcome his obsession with ...

Richard E. Grant has revealed he sought therapy to overcome an obsession with Barbra Streisand that began when he was 14-years old.

The celebrated actor fell in love with Streisand after seeing her in 1968 biographical drama Funny Girl, prompting him to wrote her letter requesting she stay at his family home in Swaziland.

Grant, 62, has since taken his adoration for the 77-year old stage and screen icon to new heights by commissioning a two-foot tall sculpture of her instantly recognisable face.

Devoted fan: Richard E. Grant has revealed he sought therapy to overcome an obsession with Barbra Streisand that began when he was 14-years old, shortly after commissioning a two-foot high sculpture of the star's face

Devoted fan: Richard E. Grant has revealed he sought therapy to overcome an obsession with Barbra Streisand that began when he was 14-years old, shortly after commissioning a two-foot high sculpture of the star's face

But he admits he once questioned whether it was normal to obsess over Streisand after consulting a therapist in his forties.

He told Page Six: 'I was in psychoanalysis when I was 42 and I asked the shrink is this unusual to be a middle-aged person as I was then still having this mad obsession. 

'And he said, "Well, it’s probably arrested development at some level in adolescence" but he said as long as you’re not hurting anyone and it makes your life tick along, then so be it.' 

The actor revealed he was moved to tears after posting his teenage letter to Streisand on Twitter in 2019, only for the performer - a regular presence on the social media platform - to reply. 

Responding to Grant, she tweeted: 'Dear Richard What a wonderful letter you wrote me when u were 14 ! and look at u now! You're terrific in your latest movie with Melissa congratulations and love Barbra.' 

The actor revealed they've met many times since then, with a chance meeting in New York enclave The Hampton's a particular highlight.  

He recalled: 'I was at a screening at Donna Karan’s place in the East Hamptons while I was working in Philadelphia last summer and managed to have a two-hour one-to-one face-to-face with no interruption conversation with her ’til 1 o’clock in the morning with her. 

Obsessed: Grant, 62, has since taken his adoration for the 77-year old stage and screen icon to new heights by showing off his new sculpture of her likeness on Twitter

Obsessed: Grant, 62, has since taken his adoration for the 77-year old stage and screen icon to new heights by showing off his new sculpture of her likeness on Twitter

Obsessed: Grant, 62, has since taken his adoration for the 77-year old stage and screen icon to new heights by showing off his new sculpture of her likeness on Twitter

Emotional: The actor revealed he was moved to tears after posting his teenage letter to Streisand on Twitter in 2019, only for the performer to reply

Emotional: The actor revealed he was moved to tears after posting his teenage letter to Streisand on Twitter in 2019, only for the performer to reply

'For a fan, that was about as good as it could possibly get. I think she’s extraordinarily beautiful, has the most amazing talent. Can be hilarious and

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