Tom Hanks' son Chet opens up about battle with addiction

Tom Hanks' son Chet has spoken about his battle to get sober in a series of Instagram videos. The 25-year-old has talked publicly in the past about his long-time drug addiction, and this week spoke more in depth about his life of sobriety.

Chet – real name Chester – began by telling his followers: "I just want to say my name's been in the media, about me gong missing or getting kidnapped or something. I've been in rehab…. And I'm doing pretty damn good."


Chet Hanks pictured with his parents, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

The DJ said he had to "really take a look at myself and my life", and "just finally admit to myself that it wasn't working and I had to try something new. That thing was not to do any drugs or alcohol".

Apologising for his behaviour in the past, Chet said he had struggled to cope with his father's fame. "That's not who I am, that's not who I want to be and it's been a long journey for me discovering who I am because of all the pressures that I've been dealt with in my life – being the son of my dad and everything, just trying to find where I fit in," he said.

He concluded by saying: "If you're out there and you're struggling with addiction, (go) to a meeting, AA, NA, whatever, and if you need someone to talk to DM me and I'll try to get back to as many people as I can."

Chet opened up about his battle with drug addiction in a series of Instagram videos

Chet, who raps under the name Chet Haze, is the son of Tom and wife Rita Wilson – the couple are also parents to Truman. The Oscar-winner is also a father to fellow actor Colin Hanks and daughter Elizabeth from his marriage to Samantha Lewes.

News of Chet's battle with drugs was revealed in November, when he announced his sobriety in an Instagram video. "I've been struggling with substance abuse since I was 16 years old," he wrote in a caption alongside the clip. "Finally at the age of 24, I decided to get some help."

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