Jonathan Rhys Meyers' demons return after family tragedy rips him apart
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for his role in Tudors and Vikings, is struggling with the loss of his second child after his wife suffered a miscarriage. The actor, who is battling depression and alcoholism, was found staggering at Dublin Airport a little after 10 am near the departure gates. According to eyewitnesses, Rhys Meyers looked quite out of it and kept mostly to himself.
One witness said, "It really looked like his demons had caught up with him again. He's such a talented actor, it's tragic," according to The Sun. The outlet said other passengers were worried for his safety when they saw him struggle to gain balance. Just after pictures of him looking drunk at the airport got leaked, his wife Mara Lane said he's had to deal with the loss of their second child. In a heartfelt Instagram post, she said she forgives whoever clicked pictures of the actor but sought fans' compassion as she revealed the tragedy that's struck their family.
She said Rhys-Meyers has been battling depression and alcoholism for a long time and the loss of a child sent him into a relapse. She said, "Child was very very much wanted (right now especially by J, so he took the news particularly not so well) and we are still working with coping skills over here... when life throws us curve balls such as these."
9/7/17 Forever Young 🙏🏻🙌🏻With much sadness, we open our hearts to share that J and I lost our second child, who was baking in the oven. Child was very very much wanted (right now especially by J, so he took the news particularly not so well) and we are still working with coping skills over here... when life throws us curve balls such as these. Depression is a real concern from past abuse as well as alcoholism which he was born with. He has been able to turn any ugliness and hurt in his life into art and is the strongest person I know. I do not know anyone who has been through what he has been through and reached his level of successes. It does seem though that every time we seem to be making so much progress... sometimes it's like two steps forward, one step back. Thank you family and friends and all of you lovely kind beautiful people who send us good energy and thoughts and support. It is so appreciated. I have so much love for you. To some others, my husband is an Irishman who battles alcoholism and depression and drank between jobs to try to cope with the sadness of this news. I am trying to and still learning/adjusting to living with the public, like one would as a concerned mother-in-law. I feel that whomever took photos of my husband was slightly in the wrong and was concerned for the wrong reasons but ... it's ok. It's ok. Maybe you have/had a family to feed and need/needed money? I don't know. We forgive you. He is safe and with his sober living companion and bodyguard to get into a detox closer to home since he was denied hospital help twice in Ireland because of an already two month wait period. Life is life. Life is beautiful. Life is tough sometimes though so let's try not looking down at someone unless we intend on helping them up. Sending love to those in... Texas, Florida, India and Mexico with all the natural disasters going on. We are both so sensitive and the past couple of weeks have been so ouch in our hearts for all humans and animals affected. With Love, M&J
Rhys Meyers has been struggling with alcohol abuse since a young age and those closest to him said earlier that it's mainly because of his dysfunctional childhood.
In 2015, pictures of the Bend It Like Beckham star drinking on the street were published. It wasn't the first time the Mission Impossible 2 star was captured drinking on the street: he was not allowed to board his flight in JFK for being drunk; later, he was arrested for drunkenness at the Dublin Airport in 2007 after his mom's funeral.
However, the actor who hails from Cork, Ireland, has always found support in his wife when he's experienced some of the darkest phases in his life. She's helped him through sobriety and even got him engaged in the community. Two years ago in Los Angeles, he was seen serving 4,000 dinners to homeless people on Christmas Eve. This time too, she's asked the world to show him some compassion as he deals with grief and loss.
In her Instagram post, the mother of one wrote, "He has been able to turn any ugliness and hurt in his life into art and is the strongest person I know. I do not know anyone who has been through what he has been through and reached his level of successes." Rhys Meyers' wife said he drinks in between jobs to cope with the "sadness of his life" and perhaps the fact that he has no upcoming projects could have compounded his alcohol abuse.
Rhys Meyers' wife said he drinks in between jobs to cope with the "sadness of his life" and perhaps the fact that he has no upcoming projects could have compounded his alcohol abuse.