Remember over the summer, when we had that three-day period or so when Chet Haze — who I thought for years was a fictional character — had a public meltdown, started using the N-word and railing at people for calling him out on Twitter? It got so bad that his father, Tom Hanks, asked Chet to stay off of social media.
Soon after that, things got quiet with Haze. As it turns out, he finally found the help he needed, going into rehab to deal with his drug addiction and, as he explains, the pressures of being the son of the nicest man on the planet.
He explained this in a series of 10-second Instagram videos, which I won’t make you watch. Here’s what he said:
“Hey, I know my name’s been in the media about me, like, going missing or getting kidnapped. I just want to say that I’ve been in a rehab, just trying to get my shit together, and I’ve been doing pretty damn good. I just had to take a look at myself and my life and the way things were going and all the crazy stupid shit I was doing and just finally admit to myself that it wasn’t working. I had to try something new, and that thing was to not do anymore drugs or alcohol.
And another thing is, that stuff I was in the media about, about the N-word and everything. I know that many of y’all knew the point I was trying to make, but the truth is, it’s not my place to speak on that and I’m truly sorry for the people I’ve offended. You know, at the end of the day, all that stupid stuff I was doing, that’s not who I am. That’s not who I want to be. It’s been a long journey for me discovering who I am, because of all the pressures I’ve dealt with being the son of my Dad, and finding my place in this world.
I’m just grateful for God, and my family, and the friends that I have who may as well be family, and the little things that I’ve had to really learn to appreciate.
And I just want to say, if you’re out there, and you’re struggling with addiction, get your ass to a meeting. AA, NA, whatever. And if you need someone else to talk to, DM me, and I’ll try to get back to as many of you as I can.
I just had to realize that cars, clothes, girls or guys, whatever your flavor is, that shit is cool, but what’s really cool is being a good man and walking with God, and being a good person.”
Nothing there to mock or make fun of. Good for Chet Haze. I hope the sobriety sticks. He may have some Tom Hanks in him, after all.