Chester ‘Chet’ Hanks the son of actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita, revealed that he was checking into rehab for drug addiction issues last week.
Previously known as Chet Haze, the aspiring rapper used his social media accounts to announce that he would be checking into rehab. He took to Instagram to say that he had become addicted to cocaine and needed help to work through his issues.
Tom, 59, has since praised his son for seeking guidance. He explained to Entertainment Tonight:
“As a parent, you love your kids unconditionally. You support them every step of the way.”
He added that he thinks he has to “applaud the bravery and honesty when it actually comes out of your own house.”
In the video clips posted to Instagram, 25-year old Chet said that he had become so addicted to cocaine that he “couldn’t even snort it up my nose anymore.”
"I just really had to 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."
Chet also added that he found his dad’s fame put a lot of pressure on him growing up and his addiction struggles do stem from the challenges he faced trying to “fit in”. In the videos he also admitted to selling cocaine.
He explained in one video: "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."
Meanwhile, the other Hanks family members are competing with each other for box office fame.
Colin Hanks, Tom’s son from his first marriage to actress Samantha Lewes, will see his documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records be released on the same day as his dad’s film Bridge of Spies.
Tom admitted that his son’s film made him cry and he’s hoping to have a “tweet-off” on the day their films are released to the public.