Tom Hanks praises son Chet for opening up about struggle with substance abuse on social media

The 25-year-old has been frank about addiction in a series of videos published to Instagram

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Tom Hanks has spoken out in support of his son Chet, after the 25-year-old used social media to open up about his substance abuse issues.

Speaking at the premiere of his new film, Bridge of Spies, Hanks said: “As a parent, you love your kids unconditionally.

“You support them every step of the way.”

He also spoke to Entertainment Tonight about his son, an aspiring rapper who performs under the name Chet Haze.

“You’ve got to applaud the bravery and honesty when it actually comes out of your own house.”


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Haze began posting a series of videos to Instagram last week, talking openly about his time in rehab and his instances of drug abuse.

Due to the length being restricted to just fifteen seconds on the social media platform, he posted his thoughts across twelve seperate videos.

“I know my name has been in the media, about me going missing, getting kidnapped or something. I’ve been in a rehab, right? I’m just trying to get my s**t together. And I’m doing pretty damn good,” he said.

“I just really had to take a look at myself and my life and the way s**t was going … and all the crazy stupid s**t I was doing, and just finally admit to myself that it wasn’t working, and I had to try something new.


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“And that thing was to not do any drugs or alcohol.”

He added that anyone who was going through similar substance abuse problems should direct message him and he would try to talk them through their problems.

Haze landed in trouble earlier in the year for posting a video where he supported the use of the n-word.

He pointed to its significance in hip hop culture, arguing that it should be used by everyone and not “just exclusively for black people" but was heavily criticised.

He addresses the controversy in one of the videos, saying "It's not my place to speak on that, and I'm genuinely sorry to the people I offended."