Jonathan Rhys Meyers may have attempted suicide in London

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This is sad news. According to the British media, Jonathan Rhys Meyers has attempted suicide in London. JRM allegedly took a “large quantity of pills” while he was in his home in the London area of Maida Vale. Paramedics allegedly found JRM “slumped” on the floor, but he was apparently conscious, and he tried to refuse medical attention. The paramedics called the police, and JRM was rushed to a London hospital late Tuesday night. Scotland Yard told the media: “Officers were called by London Ambulance Service following reports of a man refusing treatment. The man was taken to hospital.” JRM’s rep had no comment.

It’s widely known that JRM is an alcoholic, and likely a drug addict as well. He’s been in and out of rehab five different times (that we know of), and he’s gotten into some legal troubles over the years for his drunken or cracked-out behavior in public. Beyond that, though, JRM always seemed like a pretty decent guy, aware of his problems. He often comes across as extremely fragile – emotionally fragile, psychologically fragile. It’s possible that this wasn’t a flat-out suicide attempt, but merely a guy with problems not paying attention to how many pills he was taking. Or it could be that in a bad moment, JRM really did try to take his own life. I don’t know. But it’s sad. He really isn’t some kind Lohan about his problems – he’s not throwing his issues in our faces or anything. He’s just a dude with some major demons.

UPDATE: A source tells Us Weekly that this was not a suicide attempt: “It was not a suicide attempt. He did relapse and was hospitalized for that, but was released.”

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  1. mln76 says:

    I feel bad for him. I remember really liking him in his early work, the one with Minnie Driver I forget what it was called, and Bend It Like Beckham. Then he had his racist outburst in the airport a while back and I no longer was a fan. Still I hope he can get his head in check.

  2. Boom says:

    This is sad i really enjoyed him on the tudors he should be helped

  3. J says:

    I feel bad for him . I loved him in the tutors . I hope he gets his life together . He’s so cute too .

  4. Rio says:

    How awful. He does seem like the anti-Lohan…someone who cannot get their sh*t together, but because they CAN’T as opposed to not WANTING TO.
    He never looks happy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture where he doesn’t look like he’s carrying 1000 pounds on his mind.

  5. Julie says:

    I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard in my 12 step meetings about pp who almost reached the point of suicide because they couldn’t get over their addiction.

  6. Ari says:

    NoooOOoooooooo…I am so glad he did not succeed. He is so beautiful and definitely one of my top faves for drooling purposes. There is a maintenance guy in my community who looks just like him but is Spaniard – its awesome. lol

  7. mimi says:

    Needs to look into pyroluria – most alcoholics have this disorder. Severe lack of b6 and zinc affects them pyschologically and they self-medicate with alcohol.

    Godspeed..

  8. Jen34 says:

    So very sad. I hope he gets the help he needs.

  9. Whatamess! says:

    the “tutors”huh?
    Tee hee hee..that would rock..

  10. Truthful says:

    lord, he is one of my favorite actors, up there w/John Malcovich and Jeremy Irons.

    I hate to hear this, it makes me so sad..I hope he can get the real help he needs..

  11. brin says:

    Very sad. He’s a talented actor, I also thought he was really good in The Tudors. Hope he gets the help he needs.

  12. Embee says:

    He reminds me in every way of my ex who was bipolar and an addict. Beautiful, insightful, reflective…and unable to manage his demons. I’m not diagnosing him I’m just flashing back because it is so sad and similar.

  13. Schnauzers!!! says:

    My heart is broken for him. I hope he gets well soon.

  14. mia girl says:

    Sad.
    I LOVE him August Rush. I’m a sucker for that movie.

  15. hateonit. says:

    he is absolutely gorgeous<3 ugh i hope he gets better…..i have a serious crush on him…

  16. margaret says:

    I also feel sad about this (tho sad for anyone who is at that emotional point in their lives).Eyes are the windows to the soul and his always seem to have so much pain behind them.

  17. Obvious says:

    @mia girl, that movie has me in tears every time. i wish him nothing but the best of luck and getting through this. i hope he finds a way to cope and overcome his demons

  18. Kelly says:

    No comment is appropriate except for: How sad for him, and I wish fervently that he gets the help he needs. I’ve been there – I know.

  19. marianne says:

    actually, the things I heard about him is that he’s an entitled bitchy rude spoiled brat at movie sets. pretty much a male lohan. why does he get so much love thrown his way?

  20. Kimbob says:

    OMG…I do feel for him, & I do love him. I can so relate to him. How Kaiser described him is how I’ve been described by my friends in recovery. I’ll be praying for him.

    That’s why I like to come to this site…it’s great escapism for me…just as the motto says.

    @mimi…interesting what you mentioned, as I’m on some amino acid therapy. “Put myself” on it after much research. I’m highly allergic to any and all SSRI anti-depressants. That therapy & St. John’s Wort, the omegas…really been helping my outlook. I’ll keep this sweetheart in my prayers.

  21. Daisy says:

    It’s not sad news. I have no sympathy for crack whores. Stop with these crap “He often comes across as extremely fragile – emotionally fragile, psychologically fragile.” Excuses, excuses, excuses. What a BS. He is so fragile so maybe he should become a pool boy or something instead of being actor. Why doesn’t he just overdose?

  22. silken_floss says:

    Even though he lost me after his racist outburst on that airlines a few years ago, I feel bad for him. Imo, I don’t think he ever recovered fromm the death of his mother a few years ago, I remember there was a picture of him crying and drunk sitting in some gutter in Dublin(?) and he seem to be struggling with some personal demons of his own. I wish him well and hope he get the help he needs.

  23. Turtle Dove says:

    Poor man. He’s a FANTASTIC actor. One of the best. JRM brings it with his performances and he’s incredibly talented. Hope for the best for him.

  24. OtherChris says:

    I hope he gets the help he needs.

    He’s so incredibly beautiful and talented.

  25. Turtle Dove says:

    Wow. Harsh Daisy.

    Some people don’t have the same coping mechanisms that other people have. I’m sure that if he could be a different way he would, but he isn’t able to.

    He does seem fragile and very much like Heath before he died. Look at HL pictures from the December before he died and tell me that he didn’t look physically and emotionally frail. I would hate for that kind of end for JRM.

  26. Bill Hicks is God says:

    @Mimi: Thanks for that information that explains the genetic predisposition to alcoholism. Anything I’ve ever read on that matter is always vague with “there’s a genetic predisposition,” without saying what, exactly, that is.

  27. TQB says:

    @Rio, I agree. He just always looks so sad. I hope this is rock bottom for him.

  28. mimi says:

    bill hicks,

    you’re welcome. so many (all?) addicts are self-medicating some underlying health issue. I’ve lost two dear souls to addiction – I miss them both to this day.

  29. ladybert62 says:

    He needs to spend a lot of quality time with a therapist.

  30. foozy says:

    hope he feels better somehow. this is really sad and he’s so talented and cute..

  31. original kate says:

    “Why doesn’t he just overdose?”

    @ daisy: why so bitter? wow.

    i hope JRM gets the help he obviously needs.

  32. richie says:

    OH this is bad scene! I pray he gets his life together!

  33. Ilovemee says:

    Tragic. He really is beautiful, but he always looks like he’s in an enormous amount of pain. Does he have any family?

  34. tanya says:

    @min76: Do you mean ‘The Governess’ for the Minnie Driver movie? If so, I LOOOOVE that movie!

    This is sad, and I like him as an actor. I hope things get better for him in his personal life…

  35. mln76 says:

    @tanya yes!!! thanks he was a hot young thing in that one. Sucks that he made those racist remarks. I hope he can get himself together.

  36. Bill Hicks is God says:

    @Daisy: It’s judgmental, nasty pieces of work like yourself that are largely responsible for people NOT seeking treatment.

    People like you keep them in the shame closet.

    Let me guess: you’ve had an addict in your life and are hurt and bitter because of it. If not, you’re heartless and I don’t know how you sleep at night with a clear conscience.

  37. Obvious says:

    @Bill Hicks, maybe Daisy is Innocent, changed her name and is upset because ppl don’t like Linnocent but like JRM.

    Daisy, who ever the hell you are go troll elsewhere. you are not wanted here.

  38. REALIST says:

    Very sad. He has always struck me as very talented, but somehow tormented, although maybe that is just the roles he gravitates to. Then there are the issues with substance abuse-he may, as mentioned above, be self medicating some deeper emotional pain-in any case, a mental illness like depression coupled with substance abuse is a potentially lethal combination.
    Not a suicide attempt? Only JRM knows for sure.
    TO JRM-get help. Get a support network of friends and family you trust. Take a break from the high stress world of acting to take care of yourself and let the people who love you closer to nurture and care for you, too.
    You have many fans who respect your work and care about you. Hang in there.

  39. lrm says:

    SUCH a great actor with so much more potential….
    Matchpoint iwth Scarjo [woody allen flick]=he was absolutely incredible in that movie…though i’ve liked him in the others mentioned, as well….

  40. lucy2 says:

    Hopefully he gets some help that works for him this time.

  41. your momma says:

    no sorry-i dont understand why people are saying hes a nice guy hes come across as a douchebag with some of his comments and his behaviour.

    still, suicide is not somthing i would wish on anyone.

  42. Wif says:

    “why does he get so much love thrown his way?”

    In my case it’s because
    1. He loved his mama, I love a boy who loves his mama
    2. He came from poverty, which makes me root for him as the underdog
    3. he has said he’s well aware that he is where he is because of his looks, which makes me think that he doesn’t believe he’s God’s gift to acting (which irks me when I see others do it)
    4. I actually quite like his work. He can pull off “intensity” very well.

    I wish him well and hope he can bounce back from whatever this setback is.

  43. Ari says:

    How is everyone missing The Velvet Goldmine? He was SO good in that as a David Bowie doppelganger (a version of that kind of rocker) and so hot with Ewan McGregor playing an Iggy Pop type.

    Such a great film.

  44. margaritachum says:

    @ daisy
    that comment is just gross. i hate judgemental people like you that don’t understand that this can happen to you. we don’t don’t know our future. we can be happy and do the right things but we also can be miserable and make bad decisions.

    i love him in velvet goldmine. one of my favortite movies.<3
    he’s gorgeous but he always looks like he’s carrying the world on his shoulders. he never looked happy.
    i hope he get his act together.
    wish him the best.

  45. ElleGin says:

    Seeing Heath go was bad enough. Please get the guy some help :’( He is so talented and pretty.

  46. Janice says:

    This is so sad. When you look into those eyes,….I don’t know….he looks so unhappy and broken. I hope he gets better, cause he’s a great actor. Good looking too, but so tortured.

  47. Mike says:

    He’s a really talented guy. I’m a big fan. Hopefully he gets better soon.

  48. laur says:

    What a coward and foolish act. If his mother was still alive she would slap him. From what I have read about him he has had a very troubled life so far. Maybe he is seeking attention? Dont know, but trying to off yourself is very selfish and cruel thing to do to your family/friends. Growup JRM…

  49. Esmom says:

    @42, He was amazing in Matchpoint. I think that was the first time I laid eyes on him and I was mesmerized.

  50. regina says:

    Jonathan: You are literally one of my favorite actors. My heart goes out to you. Stay strong, brutha.

  51. Bonnie says:

    Talented actor and beautiful man with serious demons. I think his troubles began when his mother died. And what is the whole business about him being gay? He’s the one guy I actually believed was even though he has girlfriends. If he needs to come out then so be it. It’s not worth being sick over.

  52. Layzo says:

    Oh my Jonathan, Why. He is so beautiful. I always had a soft spot for him. Must be the brooding Irish thing.

    I hope he gets through this.

  53. Jaxx says:

    God bless you, JRM, Please reach out for help, you would be missed.

  54. Incredulous says:

    Do his problems stem from addiction or is it the relentless Hollywood machine that insists he pretends to be straight? (Seriously, guy is gay as gay can be but plays it down because Hollywood)

  55. Dea says:

    I loved him in matchpoint. I hope he recovers. Addiction is not easy to fight. There are things you can control and there are other you just can’t. I am sure he is struggling tons and trying hard to overcome those issues. I hope it will work for him soon enough so he can live a normal life.

  56. Shy says:

    I had some kind of crush on him after Matchpoint. But he is a lost case. I gave up on him. How many rehabs does he need? And this is the man who understands his problems. He went to rehabs voluntarily. No one forced him. And here he is – 5 rehabs and still using.

    So young, so pretty, so talented… But I lost hope. This man does not want to save himself.

  57. Snarky_Pup says:

    He has such beautiful Irish eyes but you can really see a lot of pain in there.

  58. eternalcanadian says:

    He’s brilliant in Tudors. But his life is effed up I’m not surprised at the number of addiction issues. I hope this was a case of “my head still hurts, time to take another pill.” Recently a hockey player, Derek Boogaard died from an OD of painkillers and alcohol. He was in rehab and I guess he relapsed when his brothers were in town visiting. One brother went to airport to pick up the other and in that brief time Derek was by himself he took too many painkillers and/or drank too much alcohol.

    I don’t think Derek’s death was intentional. Derek was still having lots of pain from concussions and I guess he had too many pills which combined with however much alcohol was still in his body and just was too much and Derek died.

    So maybe something like this happened with JRM, that he was injured or had a bad headache or was depressed so kept taking pills to try and feel better. But unlike Derek, JRM survived this often fatal mistake of taking too many pills.

    Then again I could be wrong about JRM and it indeed was intentional to OD on the pills.

    Sure hope JRM recovers and moves foward in a more positive and healthy way!

  59. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @Mimi, thanks for the tip about pyroluria. My MIL is a recovering alcoholic and I’ll be discussing it with her.

  60. Maripily says:

    JRM is one of my favorite actors, and this news does indeed make me sad. However, I’ve noticed that his extraordinary looks seem to create a higher level of sympathy among the commenters here. I’m curious if we feel this strongly about the ordinary-looking junkies and addicts in our daily lives. Just a thought.

    Get better, JRM.

  61. kg says:

    its funny to see the lack of compassion for nadya although she made poor choices she is also sucidal.

    the babies are here & she needs support as well.

  62. jc126 says:

    I hope he gets the help he needs. Depression is so insidious, and there is help and hope for it. Get well JRM!

  63. Kezia says:

    For the person who’d heard he was an entitled bitch on sets- he’s still nice to the non celebs, bouncers in a club here in Dublin wouldn’t let my sister into a club here one night cause it was too late and JRM strolls up to the bouncers says “she’s with me” gets her in for free she says thanks and off he goes, that was nice I thought!

  64. michelle says:

    What he needs to do now is put his beautiful head right inbetween my 2 large breast and just have a good cry. I will comfort him….comfort him real good!!!

  65. lease says:

    god his eyes in the first picture.. there is so much sadness there.

    i hope he’s ok.

  66. dr.bombay says:

    I think the difference between JRM, Octomom and Lohan is that Octomom and Lohan are crazy-starved for publicity; most if not all of the crazy shi* they do or are addicted to (in Lohan’s case) come from their desire to constantly be in the public eye as they refuse to tolerate being anything but. They actually think *any* publicity, no matter how pathetic, is good. JRM on the other hand appears to be simply struggling from addiction to booze/drugs, not addiction to publicity. Big difference in the realm of public sympathy, if you ask me.

  67. loveeehim says:

    I think he’s so beautiful… love his type. I didn’t know of him up until I saw my favorite movie everrr- august rush (which for some reason got kind if bad reviews? I loved it and jrm played his role beautifully) and I fell in love with jrm! Seriously one of the most beautiful men ever and his pain is devastating to see. Get better!

  68. Tara says:

    @daisy: How could you be so freakin cruel and hateful? You must have some serious issues in your life as well. I don’t wish you ill but you need to take your poisonous comments elsewhere. I’m not even a personal fan of JRM since I read about his racist, drunken rant but as an actor he is amazing and yes, he is gorgeous! But above all that he is a human being and one who is struggling with some enormous personal issues. If I’m not mistaken he was devastated byt he loss of his mother, whom he was extremely close to. Pretty difficult stuff to work through. Grow a heart Daisy. Good luck to you, Jonathan, and many prayers go your way.

  69. jennifuru says:

    Is it just me or does Jonathon and Tom Hardy resemble each other?

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