'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Star Nicholas Brendon Confirms Relapse Rumors

By May Wilkerson 06/07/16

“I’m in the public eye, but I’m just like any person working the program. It’s minute by minute, day by day, and I’ve unfortunately stumbled.” 

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer Star' Nicholas Brendon Confirms Relapse Rumors
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Getting sober isn’t easy for anyone, but being in the public eye can add an additional hurdle. After reports surfaced that he was seen drinking at a recent Comic-Con convention in Des Moines, Iowa, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon confirmed over the weekend that he “stumbled” in his recovery from alcoholism. “This is completely true,” Brendon said in a statement. “I was feeling down, went to the hotel bar and ordered a few beers.”

Brendon's turbulent battle with addiction has been well-documented. Back in 2015, he was arrested four times for crimes related to his substance use. “I’m in the public eye, but I’m just like any person working the program,” he said after his most recent slip-up. “It’s minute by minute, day by day, and I’ve unfortunately stumbled.” But he maintains that he has made progress, adding: “I’m very happy to say that nothing like the events of last year have occurred, and I am committed to making sure that they never do again.”

2015 was a rough year for the 45-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He checked into rehab in June of last year “to treat his depression, alcoholism and substance abuse problems,” said a post on his Facebook page. He then returned to rehab in December of 2015, after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal mischief after allegedly choking his girlfriend in a hotel room. Throughout that year, he had been arrested three other times, once for public intoxication and twice for destroying hotel rooms while drunk.

Before his second trip to rehab, Brendon opened up about his struggle with addiction on social media. “I'm not perfect and I'm the first to admit that I've made mistakes," he wrote. "But I'm trying and will continue to try until I'm not walking this earth anymore. I love you all so much. Even the naysayers. I just have love."

Other than his recent public relapse, things have been looking up for the TV star in 2016. He now has a regular role on Criminal Minds, writes Buffy comics, and routinely makes appearances at comic book conventions. Here’s hoping he gets the help he needs.

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