Tyrese Gibson Says Anti-Depressants Caused Online Meltdown

By Paul Fuhr 11/15/17

The singer/actor took to Instagram to set the record straight about his recent online behavior.

Tyrese Gibson

As fast-talking car expert Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious films, Tyrese Gibson’s dialogue has a velocity that rivals the super-charged vehicles he drives. Now, the actor-singer is trying to talk his way out of a bizarre series of angry tweets and Instagram posts aimed at Fast co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

According to South Africa's Eyewitness News, Gibson blames anti-depression drugs for his recent high-profile meltdowns. The months-long feud (chronicled by E! News here) stems from Johnson’s apparent decision to pursue a Fast spinoff film that features none of the core cast. Gibson quickly took to his Instagram account to warn Johnson that if he tries to appear in the ninth Fast film, Roman Pearce won’t be in it.

“You mess with [my] family and my daughter’s survival, I mess with yours,” Gibson threatened, following up with a raft of increasingly hostile messages toward Johnson. 

On Nov. 11, Gibson once again took to Instagram—this time to set the record straight. He posted a photo of the yellow-boxed prescription drug Rexulti (a serotonin-dopamine activity modulator used to treat major depression and schizophrenia), captioning it: “11:11 today here’s my public apology – everything just changed.”

He continued, sharing, “I want you guys to know that to this day I don't drink, smoke or on any level do I do drugs because of this high stress and very traumatic experience I was advised then ultimately connected with multiple therapist and psychiatrist I had a few private meetings and this particular drug that was suggested although maybe helpful to others had an adverse effect on me and this is the reason I had a complete meltdown online.”

He also noted that the drugs were out of his system and offered his apologies to the “people [who] were [affected] by what these meds did to me over these last two months.” 

Though Gibson and ex-wife Norma Gibson are currently in the midst of a custody battle over their daughter Shayla, the social media messages were aggressively pointed at Johnson. (The situation was further echoed in an emotional video where Gibson said he hadn’t seen his daughter in two months and publicly begged his ex-wife to drop her pursuit of a restraining order against him.)

By sharing his issues with prescription drug use, Gibson hopes it will show his “transparency and honesty” as his custody case wears on. He also claimed that he’s started a fund to help fathers in similar situations who face their own difficult custody battles. He’s resolute that the admission will “NOT compromise my case,” he wrote on Instagram, and will serve as more of a heads up to others, so that they can avoid being prescribed dangerous meds. 

Interestingly, the subject of Gibson’s vitriol has remained mum on the subject: Johnson hasn’t once responded to any of his co-star's taunts or tweets.

That said, in 2016, while Johnson filmed The Fate of the Furious, he chided his male co-stars in a Facebook post: "There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one," Johnson said. "My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em. My male co-workers however are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don't. The ones that don't are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

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Paul Fuhr lives in Columbus, Ohio with his family and two cats, Vesper and Dr. No. He's written for AfterParty MagazineThe Literary Review and The Live Oak Review, among others. He's also the host of "Drop the Needle," a podcast about music and addiction recovery. More at paulfuhr.com. You can also find Paul on Linkedin and Twitter.