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Shia LaBeouf: I’ve Struggled with Addiction Publicly for Too Long

Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to controversial headlines. Whether he’s had a run-in with the law or has simply been spotted behaving oddly, there are no shortage of stories that suggest he’s fighting some personal demons.

It’s never appropriate to make assumptions (even though many have) so it’s a bit of a relief that the 31-year-old actor has made a statement following his most recent arrest for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

In a Twitter post, he wrote, “I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and make no excuses for it. I don’t know if these statements are too frequent, or not shared often enough, but I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers, and I am grateful for their restraint. The severity of my behavior is not lost on me.  My outright disrespect for authority is problematic to say the least, and completely destructive to say the worst. It is a new low. A low I hope is a bottom. I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes.”

A video that has been circulating shows LaBeouf screaming, “I have rights! I’m an American. You got me in my hotel, arresting me in my hotel for doing what, Sir? I’m a f**king American, I pay my taxes, get these s**ts off my f**king arm.”

He then directed his attention to an African-American police officer and said that the president “doesn’t give a f**k about you, and you wanna do what? Arrest white people?”

In the past, LaBeouf has shed light on how his journey began. In a 2008 interview with Details magazine he said, “[My dad and I] would drink together and smoke together and it’s just a bad deal. It’s not something that is conducive to being a role model — no iconic actors that I know of have problems like that. And I don’t know how to do it like a gentleman. I don’t know how to have one drink.”

How devastating. It’s so sad when a child has been introduced to destructive patterns by a parent before they’ve had a chance to even experience life.

It’s clear that LaBeouf is talented and wants to be successful. He’s been shooting the movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and, despite being worried (considering his reputation), the cast and crew had nothing but positive things to say about the actor, describing him as “incredibly professional,” “well-prepared,” “so nice” and “says hello to everyone on set.”

The film is still in production, LaBeouf has already returned to the set and, hopefully, will begin to take those steps towards sobriety so that he can enjoy his life to the fullest.

Shia LaBeouf: I’ve Struggled with Addiction Publicly for Too Long

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2017). Shia LaBeouf: I’ve Struggled with Addiction Publicly for Too Long. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2020, from


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