Chet Hanks, the eldest son of actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, has spoken out in a series of humble, low-light videos, admitting a serious cocaine problem and apologizing for declaring over the summer that hip-hop culture meant he could use the n-word whenever he wanted.
"I know, like, my name's been in the media about me like going missing or getting kidnapped or something. I just want to let you all know, I've been in rehab ... and I'm doing pretty damn good," the 25-year-old said Wednesday night in one of a series videos that show him grateful and pointing others toward God and treatment.
"A couple 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 another. "I even smoked crack. If I can change, you can change. There is a solution."
(Those "missing" stories, which popped up in tabloids in August after Chet Hanks posted in late July that he'd be off social media for awhile, were almost immediately debunked by the likes of Gossip Cop.)
"You know, at the end of the day, all that stupid ... I was doing, that's not who I am, that's not who I want to be," he said in another of the videos. "And it's been a long journey for me discovering who I am because of 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."
He also decried the pursuit of money and material things, and thanked all the total strangers who'd "said kind things along the way. It really helps me a lot, and I just want to thank each and every one of you for real."
Chet has an older half-brother, actor Colin Hanks, and sister, writer Elizabeth Ann Hanks, from his father's marriage to first wife Samantha Lewes, as well as a younger brother, Truman Hanks.
Last November, Chet Hanks had announced success in achieving 60 days of sobriety after treatment for cocaine abuse. At the time, he admitted struggling with substance abuse since age 16 and said he was no longer using drugs or alcohol, because finally he'd decided to get help.
Then in early June, as a rapper performing under the name Chet Haze, which he now says he no longer uses, he declared that he could use the n-word whenever he liked, because "hip-hop isn't about race, it's about the culture you identify with. And can't no one tell me what I can't say." Instagram deleted his account when he elaborated on the topic, but then said it had acted too quickly, and reinstated the page. His current page starts with a post that went up a week ago.
Days after the n-word incident, he told TMZ that his parents had warned him to "stay off social media, period."
Looks like that's not happening — but at least he's picking more palatable battles.
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