back to top
Celebrity

Zendaya Just Explained Why She Doesn't Drink Alcohol

"This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions."

Posted on

Folks, I know you clicked this for a story about the lovely Zendaya — and you're gonna get it! But first I need to tell you a quick story about someone named Me.

Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

On my 21st birthday, my friend challenged me to take 21 shots* of vodka. I got to about 11 before I threw up, tried to take my shirt off at a bar, and had to be fireman-carried by my boyfriend to the nearest gas station, where he fed me a tuna sandwich.

MTV

*Literally never attempt this very stupid and dangerous stunt, thank you.

Anyway. Zendaya. She just turned 21 on Friday, and she celebrated her birthday slightly differently.

Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

In a blog post titled, "Why I'm Not Drinking On My 21st Birthday," Zendaya revealed that — gasp — she would not be drinking on her 21st birthday.

Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images
Advertisement

"Today I turn 21! Holla!!!" she wrote. "But just because I'm now the legal drinking age, doesn't mean I'm going to start throwing 'em back. I don't plan to start drinking."

instagram.com

And she explained her reasoning for the decision:

My life is too stressful to need help with relaxing by having a cocktail. This industry is way too nuts for me to not be in control of myself and my decisions, so I just don't want to introduce drinking! Plus, I don’t want drinking to become a vice. Why try something if you don’t need it?!

Once again, Zendaya proves that she is smarter, wiser, and more responsible than I could ever hope to be.

Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

Zendaya's Spider-Man co-star, Tom Holland, joked about her announcement in a ~special birthday post~ on Instagram:

instagram.com

He wrote: "Thinking about how to get taller 😂 Happy birthday mate. Miss you and I'll have a drink for you. #21stbirthday"

All kidding aside, good for Zendaya for living her truth. There's no wrong way to celebrate your 21st birthday*!

instagram.com

*Except for taking 21 shots. That is bad. Don't do it.

Happy 21st, Zendaya.

Fox