Remember Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Velvet Goldmine)? The 37-year-old Irish actor last seen on NBC’s short-lived Dracula has a new film coming out, and perhaps its screening at Cannes was cause for celebration, because Meyers was indeed recently seen looking a little worse for the wear after a night of partying.
Following the publication of such photos and people expressing concern, Meyers posted an apology message on fiancée, Mara Lane’s Instagram:
Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologize for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me. I stopped drinking immediately and it is no reflection on Damascus Cover as I was not meant to attend Cannes this year and I apologize to fans and colleagues. I am on the mend and thank well wishers and sorry for my disheveled appearance as I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I'm living a healthy life. Love and blessings. #Rebel #Angel
Though I’m estranged from my mother due to her alcoholism (she’s never met my children), I certainly don’t consider myself as an expert on the subject of addiction or alcohol abuse. That said, problem drinking doesn’t just go away, and seeing people drinking their lives away will always bother me (I’ll always feel the desire to help, even if I know I can’t). For Meyers, who has reportedly gone to rehab six times, to walk down the street guzzling vodka from a bottle and call it a “minor relapse” or “just a blip” in his recovery shows how not-in-control of the situation he really is. I don’t say this to be an asshole; I say it out of genuine concern. We’ve seen far too many celebrities (and for many of us, people who we’re close to) go down this road, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who wonders why friends and family close to an addict don’t keep involved — don’t stay on top of the person they care for until he/she understands the problem isn’t temporary, rather an ongoing maintenance. No matter how many times you try to help, an alcoholic has to understand he has an addiction — he can’t just float in and out of its grasp. So, even if the people around Meyers can’t fix his problem for him, someone should at least help him see that binging isn’t a blip in his recovery; alcoholism isn’t temporary. This is his addiction.
Here’s hoping the phenomenally talented actor gets the help he needs.