Chester “Chet” Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, has resurfaced and admitted that drug use prompted him to make a whole host of bad decisions, including using the n-word as part of what he termed “hip-hop culture.”
There have been rumors that Hanks (also know by his “hip-hop” name, Chet Haze) was missing, but that story was debunked by Gossip Cop, who spoke directly with representatives for Tom Hanks. It seems more likely that Chet Hanks was in a rehabilitation facility at the time, and not missing. Gossip Cop reported that Hanks’ cell phone was last tracked in Barstow, California.
The Los Angeles Times spoke at length that Chet Hanks has resurfaced and is coming clean about his drug addiction and the stress of being the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
“I know, like, my name’s been in the media about me like going missing or getting kidnapped or something. I just want to let you all know, I’ve been in rehab… and I’m doing pretty damn good.”
He is now coming clean, and wants fans to know that they can too.
“A couple months ago I was selling coke, doing coke until I couldn’t even snort it up my nose anymore because it was so clogged,” he said in another. “I even smoked crack. If I can change, you can change. There is a solution.”
Chet Hanks has been down this road before. He has struggled with drug addiction since the age of 16, and last November, he announced he had been sober for 60 days.
“You know, at the end of the day, all that stupid… I was doing, that’s not who I am, that’s not who I want to be,” he said in another of the videos. “And it’s been a long journey for me discovering who I am because of all the pressures that I’ve dealt with in my life, you know, being the son of my dad and everything, and just trying to find where I fit in.”
E! Online reports that now that Hanks is sober, he no longer wants to be known as Chet Haze. Hanks deleted his former social media accounts, and signed up on Instagram again, this time as Chethanx.
“I just had to really 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 and that thing was to not do any drugs or alcohol,” he added.
He has also apologized to anyone he might have offended by using the n-word.
“I know a lot of ya’ll understood the point I was trying to make but the truth is, it’s not my place to speak on that and I’m genuinely sorry for the people that I offended.”
Chet Hanks also expressed in an Instagram video that he is truly grateful for each and every person, even people he didn’t know, who wished him well in his struggle against drug addiction and getting right with his family and God.
Do you think there is ever a good excuse to use the n-word, even in artistic expression, or was Chet Hanks right to apologize?
[Photo courtesy of Instagram]