Tom Hanks Loves Son Chet ‘Unconditionally’ Through Addiction Struggle

By Victoria Kim 10/14/15

The two-time Oscar winner opened up for the first time about his son's struggle with drug abuse.

Tom Hanks

This time around, Chet Hanks seems serious about maintaining his sobriety and his father, Tom Hanks, is there to support him.

“As a parent, you love your kids unconditionally. You support them in every step of the way,” Hanks told Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his latest film, Bridge of Spies. “And you got to applaud the bravery and honesty when it actually comes out of your own house.”

This comes after the 25-year-old Hanks posted a series of heartfelt Instagram videos describing his struggle with drug addiction about a week ago.

“I’ve been in rehab and I’ve been trying to get my shit together,” he said. “And I’m doing pretty damn good.”

“I just had to really take a look at myself and my life and the way shit was going and all the crazy stupid shit I was doing, and just finally admit to myself that it wasn’t working.”

This is the first time his father has addressed his addiction publicly.

Chet, who said he has struggled with drug addiction since age 16, was in rehab last year as well, and shared the news that he was “50 days clean and sober from everything, including alcohol” on Instagram. “I can honestly say that I’m the happiest I’ve ever been,” he said in November.

This time around, Chet seems intent on “getting his shit together.” For real, this time.

“A couple of months ago I was selling coke, doing coke until I couldn’t even snort it up my nose anymore because it was so clogged,” he said in one of his recent videos. “I even smoked crack. If I can change, you can change. There is a solution.”

This is not to glorify his behavior, Chet said in the caption: “I only say this to show y’all how real it is, not to glorify anything I’ve done. There’s nothing glorious about bringing yourself closer to death and prison with each day of active addiction.”

He admitted that the pressure of being the son of Tom Hanks had affected him, but that he is on a journey of self-discovery: “At the end of the day, all that stupid shit I was doing, that’s not who I am. That’s not who I want to be. It’s been a long journey discovering who I am. Because all the pressures that I’ve dealt with in my life, you know, being the son of my dad and everything, and just trying to find where I fit in.”

Chet ended the video series with some words of encouragement. “If you’re struggling with this shit, take yourself to a meeting. Call some people."

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