Jonathan Rhys Meyers is still getting drunk as hell after his “suicide attempt”


We got a request for more Jonathan Rhys Meyers coverage from a loyal reader of the site, and it made me realize that before the Amy Winehouse tragedy, we were concerned that this was the summer that Jonathan was going to kill himself with alcohol and drug abuse. It was back at the end of June when police and paramedics were called to Jonathan’s Maida Vale, London home. According to various sources, Jonathan had overdosed on pills, but he was conscious when everyone arrived, and he tried to refuse help. He was taken to a hospital where I assume he had his stomach pumped, and then he was released. Some called it a “suicide attempt” but others claimed it was just another night of excess for JRM.

More than a week ago, The Sun got their hands on a video of JRM wasted, as usual, and singing Bob Marley. According to The Sun, JRM met some people (strangers) at a Brixton, South London pub. He and his new friends got hammered at the pub, and then took the party to a private home, where someone taped JRM drinking cans of cider and trying to sing “No Woman No Cry”. The timeline for this is not specified, The Sun only claims that this took place “weeks after his suspected suicide.” An eyewitness to the incident says, “He was drinking pints of cider and was off his face.” Here’s the video:

Ugh. So, basically, JRM has serious problems. The man has been in and out of rehab FIVE times. He is an alcoholic, and I often wonder if his addiction is even worse than the addicts we regularly pay attention to (Winehouse, Lohan).

JRM just turned 34 years old last week, and he’s got a new film coming out, Albert Nobbs, in the fall. He’s expected at the Toronto Film Festival in September. We hope he’ll make it there.



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  1. Danziger says:

    I hope he does, because he’s so damn pretty and I am THAT shallow.

  2. Swinky says:

    Danziger: yep. I was thinking the exact same thing. He is just so pretty…

    Oh my shallow life

  3. brin says:

    Here we go again…I hope he pulls it together, he has talent & a career but his addiction is killing him. Where’s his family, I never see him with anyone.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh poor Jonathan. He grew up here (Cork) and has been this way for a long time.

  5. Kiks says:

    Addiction is a horrible disease and I hope he can conquer it. It is so sad to watch someone in the midst of a downward spiral…

  6. Danielle says:

    I really hope he gets himself together, he’s a great actor but it’s been obvious for a long time that he is very troubled and has serious issues that needs to be addressed properly. I do wonder if drugs are also a problem with him? My Dad was sitting beside him on a flight a few years ago and although the flight was only an hour long JRM got up a number of times to use the bathroom which my Dad, who isn’t into idle gossip, noted as very strange.
    Once again though hope it gets help and soon!

  7. m says:

    I love him, too. He is just a great actor. Someone, close to him needs to help him and not let what happened to Amy happen to JRM. Sometimes, friends and family have to be pro-active and say, I am going to get involved. I know it is easier said than to do it.

    But, who knows, you may save a life if
    you get involved.

  8. Meadowlark says:

    Isn’t he in a Shakespeare movie coming out soon? I think I saw a poster for it at the theaters. It makes me sad to hear he isn’t doing so well.

  9. ElleGin says:


    Somebody, anybody, please save him..

  10. Roma says:

    My heart breaks for him. His life is just hitting too close to home for me and I really hope he finds a way to get sober.

  11. Pyewacket says:

    LOL@the video! It took me forever to figure out it was a Bob Marley song.

    I adore him as an actor and he is so darn good looking. It is a shame that he will probably ruin his career with his drinking.

    Someone asked about his family, his mother died a few years ago and he took it very hard. It sent him on a rampage of drinking that led to a rehab stint, if memory serves me right.

  12. Eleonor says:

    What does surprise me is that he is still able to act, and to work. That’s says alot about his talent

  13. brin says:

    @Pyewacket…thanks, I didn’t know that and it’s probably a big part of his problem.

  14. francis says:

    First off it has to be said that anything that comes out of this newspaper is garbage and if it weren’t for his history this video wouldn’t bother me. He sings so well. But it does seem he has problems even if most of what is printed is made up. As others have said he is gorgeous and very talented. Why is it that the most talented actors are always so troubled?

  15. mannequin says:

    Why does it seem that people as talented as him always have such inner turmoil? I’m sad for him, I hope someone intervenes before it’s too late.

  16. John Wayne Lives says:

    :( He is so beautifully talented. This is tragic.
    @Pyewacket…I read the same thing somewhere myself. That he’s always struggled with his demons, got straight-ish, but lost control when his mother died. I feel his pain :( When my first husband died, I couldn’t get out of bed for 2 months, lost 20lbs (which was gross on my small frame) and chain smoked cigs and herb :( Death can crush you…
    Something about him makes me care so much…

  17. Turtle Dove says:

    Someone needs to help him.

    Say what you will about California, but the 5150 law and whatever other laws used to reign in Britney helped her. Her parents saved her life. Does the UK have something similar. If this is his ongoing behavior then there must be some mental health issues at play too.

  18. Erin says:

    I told my boyfriend the other night that I felt that Jonathan was next to die. I wish he’d get help :(

  19. Bubbling says:

    I’d still hit it. Unfortunately no one can help him, if he doesn’t want to help him self

  20. michelle says:

    I LOVE HIM!!!!

  21. Rose says:

    Talented? LOL, he’s a total ham, and a racist obnoxious tool to boot. I love how everyone sneers at Lohan, but allows this douche compassion.

  22. Danziger says:

    Rose – we are all entitled to our opinions. Including you. :)

  23. Linner says:

    @Rose. I agree.

  24. ladybert62 says:

    He needs psychological counseling or he is on the road to a successfull suicide.

  25. greta says:

    I love how the stories/captions on these things make everything seem worse than it is. I don’t see the big deal with him singing and playing the guitar. Who is that hurting? There’s so much garbage out there about stars I don’t believe half of it but it seems like he probably does have a problem. I hope he can get better. He is such a wonderful actor and there is no denying that he is a gorgeous man. Heartbreakingly beautiful inj fact.

  26. Stubbylove says:

    Is he Nero and everyone has to stop and listen to how awful his singing and guitar playing? Holy crap that video is hilarious! He’s friggin’ hot as hell and is an average actor – I hope he’s ready to get sober soon – before it’s too late.

  27. Sara says:

    Unfortunately, if someone is not ready, they can go to rehab 100 times and still relapse. Also, when you are surrounded by enablers it makes it 100 times harder to get clean than your average person that eventually runs out of money and family gives up. Celebrity rock bottom takes SO much longer than a regular person, it is SAD.

  28. Pyewacket says:

    {{{hugs}}} @John Wayne Lives.

  29. greta says:

    I know actors can be very spoiled and privileged with all their money, etc., but I think in the case of addiction, if that’s what he has, (I don’t know cause I don’t know him) then this is one area where it is really harder to be a celebrity. Every mistake is magnified and exposed and like the other poster said there are way too many enablers around and not enough people to help keep it real — which is what an addict needs. I do think he is very talented and he is doing the opposite of trying to publicize and cash in on his problems. I mean all he was doing here was hanging with a group of people who decided to betray him. Pretty scummy of them BTW. He’s not falling out a nightclub for the paparazzi. I think he’s probably trying to get better and to work at his job. I hope he can succeed.

  30. original kate says:

    the photo with the specs…oh my sweet chocolately god.

  31. Kara Ann says:

    To the posters that commented about Lindsy Lohan, at first blush I agreed with your comment. Then I thought that maybe the difference is that this guy (who I really don’t know) isn’t making a career, I mean a f*ing career, out of being an addict. I know that the media has allowed Lohan to do that and maybe if he tried it they would let him too. Still, the thing is that as far as I know he hasn’t tried to make a career out of being a drug-addicted, self-entitled, thumbing his nose at the legal system, thieving loser… and Lohan has done all of that. Just a thought. I do get your point though.

  32. greta says:

    That was kind of my point poster above. He comes across as an actor who is trying to do his job but also has personal problems. He’s done some wonderful work and I sure hope he’ll do more.

  33. Sarah says:

    I hope he gets better asap! I love him, ever since Bend it Like Beckham, sigh.

  34. gg says:

    Exqueeze me? “People as talented as him ALWAYS have such inner turmoil/problems”?

    No, they don’t. And he’s a mediocre actor in cheesy roles. He’s good at playing a-holes because in real life, he is one. He never learned how to smile or be gracious – he acts an ass in interviews and sneers all the time. Sorry, but I like nice guys, not jerks.

  35. DethHammer says:

    It’s a shame when anyone, famous or not, is caught in the throes of addiction. And JRM is so tasty, too. However, I won’t jump to hyperbole and say he’s a “great” actor or anything, and he does seem kind of mean in interviews at times; so the jury’s still out on what his real personality is like.

  36. gimpy says:

    I would not classify his role in the Tudors as “cheesy”. That was an excellent series and he was a good fit for the role.

  37. azilove says:

    I agree with Greta. What kind of people would turn around and sell this video to tabloids? WTF? If the guy felt comfortable to visit your home and sing a song, how can you sell a video of him for a momentary gain? It is so low class, people like these are trash. I don’t know how Jonathan Rhys Meyers ended up in their house… Poor judgment, I guess. It is sad because when you meet people like these, it is very difficult to trust anyone afterwards. It is so true that when you’re rich and famous, 90% of people try to use you. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a good actor, but he does have shitty personality, at least during interviews. I don’t blame him, some reporters are just plain crazy, trying to hit the most painful subject and then they’re all the same to you- you don’t have time and energy to separate good ones from bad. I wish this guy had real friends who could help him.

  38. greta says:

    He was lovely in the Bonnie Hunt interview I saw. Very sweet and modest and thankful for his success. Plus he is VERY kind to fans from what I can tell. I think he might have been different when he was younger and trying to act the part but people who meet him personally think he’s really nice most of the time. In my opinion he is a great actor. He’s won a number of awards — not that it makes him a great actor — and he’s played everything from sweet and heroic to the “a” hole someone mentioned. The more I see the more I like him

  39. Sinder says:

    This man is sooooo fine! Damn! I hope he can get it together. He is an above average actor as well. I cannot take my eyes off of him!

  40. Sara says:

    I think releasing this video could possibly take him one step closer to getting sober. He needed this humility. Who cares about career if you could die tomorrow? His sobriety is the ONLY important thing to do in his life. He has already proven himself as an actor, that will only excel further when he gets sober. Hollywood is very forgiving to good actors that get sober. I wish him well, loved him as King Henry-Sigh

  41. Princess says:

    i love that man

  42. crtb says:

    He used to be so good looking but his addictions have taken their toll on his looks.

  43. Shy says:

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers – the forgotten crackhead… We all discuss Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Amy Winehouse… and we totally forgot about Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Maybe because he doesn’t party around and drinks in private.

    Such a sad story. From all those he doesn’t deserve this fate. What is wrong with him? He clearly understands his problems. And still doesn’t want to stop and get help. I feel like we will have another Heath Ledger situation sooner or later. It will happen unannounced. No one will see it coming like with Amy. It will just happen in one second. And then mourn will come. And all those news sites, movie sites, magazines, TV channels and mourn during awards season…

    I don’t even want to read the article. So sad. I had a little crush on him after Match Point. Such a waste of talent

  44. Ulysses says:

    Dear oh dear. Why don’t alcoholics want to stop? Because it would be like giving up the love of your life. You only want to dump them when they beat the shit out of you and nearly kill you, but when it’s great, nobody can compare. It is a total mindfucking, love/hate relationship.

  45. John Wayne Lives says:

    @Pyewacket.. Thank you, that brightened my morning :) its one of my closed inner door things…

  46. sarah says:

    I can’t take it anymore. it’s heart braking to see this happening to such a lovely guy, I’ve followed his career since I saw him in the Tudors, pls Ali,Jamie,Paul,Maria and sharon save him, he needs you more than ever, even if your help is not wanted Don’t let him end up like Amy,
    God bless you all and I send you my love x

  47. Jasmine says:

    One-night friends + excessive alcohol = myriad opportunity for some TOTAL USER to take advantage of you and sell you out to a tabloid.

    John, please start valuing yourself and see the beautiful person that we see. Very sorry about your loss.

  48. andrw says:

    aparently he drinks in private! oh jhonny ,it brokes my heart , you need to find true friends !!!!!!!be sober ,continue your life and have children !!!! i saw him so happy with kids !!!! he needs to share his kind things with someone because he’s a good and talented man !!!you will make it !!!

  49. gigi says:

    i adore him !!!!

  50. matilda says:

    We do not judge the people we love…

  51. gia says:

    jonathan is probably the greatest actor i saw on screen and the kindest man i observed in interviews , honestly !!!

  52. Kailie says:

    John, hang in there. You’re a wonderful actor and beautiful person. Unfortunately, there are people out there with no scruples and will not leave your private life, private. Whoever these so-called “friends” were that sold the video to the tabloids are not worth the time you gave them. How lucky they were to spend time with you. How could they sell you out? Why can’t others leave you alone to deal with whatever you need to deal with and let you relax. I do have to say, however, that I LOVED seeing you perform informally. You are precious! People are so judgmental…..move on and let go.

  53. Thank you for writing.I book marked all of this.Should be able to visit often.

  54. John says:

    I spent some time in rehab with johnny,he certainly isn’t gay.there are millions of us like johnny, unfortunately he is in the limelight and his addiction sells newspapers.thank god he is in the 1% of us that knows his problem.( Some statistic)