Tom Hanks’ son Chester “Chet” Hanks has revealed that he has secretly been struggling with drug addiction for years.
Taking to Instagram on Nov. 19, the Forrest Gump actor’s son, whom he shares with Rita Wilson, revealed that he had an announcement to make: He has been battling his inner demons since he was a teenager, and only recently has he managed to turn his life around.
‘I’ve been struggling with substance abuse since I was 16 years old,” he wrote. “Finally at the age of 24 I decided to get some help.”
“With 50 days of sobriety under my belt, I can honestly say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m thankful for my family and everybody that cares about me, including my fans,” he continued. “I’ve been blessed with the programs of AA and NA which allow me to rise above this disease. I’m learning to accept my faults and be OK with being human. If anybody that sees this struggles with addiction, feel free to reach out.”
There is also a video on the post (which be warned includes a few curse words) in which Chet explains that a tabloid was going to run a story about him being in rehab, but it is all true.
Despite the fact that he has famous parents, Chet has tried to make it on his own and launch his rapping career, which he performs under the stage name “Chet Haze.”
According to the Daily Mail, he has previously written lyrics that detail his love for alcohol and weed, something that he has previously addressed, saying, “It’s part of college life; I wanted to rap about something that I do. But I wouldn’t say that’s what my life is all about. … I’m not some caricature of a person who just drinks and smokes weed and parties all the time.”
We’re glad Chet has gotten the help he needs and is trying to get his life back on track! We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.