Jonathan Rhys Meyers is back in rehab, hopefully third time’s a charm

Jonathan Rhys is back in rehab. By most estimates, this is the third time that Jonathan has seriously tried to deal with his alcohol (and drug?) problems by checking into some kind of formal facility, this time in England. Irish Independent was the first paper to announce Meyers’ rehab stay – it’s his hometown paper, and they seem to use the guy’s biography as a way to explain the multiple rehab visits. It’s interesting though.

Irish Independent claims that Meyers’ first rehab stint was in America, years ago. Then came a second, brief two-week stay in England. Last year, Meyers was arrested at an airport for a “drunken outburst”, but it was later explained that his mother had just died, so most people gave the guy a break. In most of his public appearance in the last year, Meyers has been looking coked out of his mind. Although, that could just be the way his eyes are. Irish Independent has more details:

It’s an all-too-familiar tale: a star goes off the rails with a bang and has to hit rock bottom before he or she can finally help themselves…some celebrities have found that their biggest battle is with their own demons.

Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is now a fully paid-up member of the club. The “The Tudors” star is reported to have recently checked into rehab in the UK in a bid to deal with a drink problem.

Suspicions arose when the Cork-reared actor failed to show at the IFTAs in Dublin earlier this month, where his acclaimed TV series The Tudors won 10 awards. The day before, he was allegedly spotted buying spirits in London. He also missed the Oscar Wilde Awards in LA, the annual celebration of the Irish in Hollywood, which is staged just before the Oscars.

Before filming the last series of The Tudors, producers insisted that he steer clear of alcohol, with his behaviour monitored by minders.

“He is one of the nicest guys in the world, he’s a pleasure to work with,” revealed a Tudors insider. “He has his demons all right, and he’s trying to cope with them as best he can. I couldn’t have coped with even 2pc of what’s being written about him. He is also great with children. If any kids ever come on the set he’s really nice to them. He gets down and talks to them face to face and makes sure they get autographs and whatever they want. He’s brilliant that way.”

The next series of The Tudors won’t start filming here until June, which should give him a chance to get back on track. His natural father John O‘Keeffe, who lives in Spain and separated from Jonathan’s mum when he was a child, has appealed to Jonathan to sort out his problems. Part of the problem may be his upbringing. John left Jonathan’s mum Geraldine when the boy was just three. He moved to England, taking two of their four boys with him, leaving Geraldine to raise Jonathan and another brother.

He had a troubled childhood, spending time in an orphanage and being expelled from school. His mother, who he loved dearly, drank a lot and didn’t seem to be able to cope with him properly.

[His] career took off but problems soon surfaced. A friend said: “Jonny had always been on the brink of going off the rails. He had a difficult childhood and he’s screwed up and wild.” He later spent time in rehab in both the United States and the UK.

“I didn’t start drinking until I was 25. Since then I’ve been drunk maybe a dozen and a half times. When I do I’m like Bambi. I’m all over the place, hopeless, like a 16-year-old kid. People notice,” said Jonathan.

And they did indeed notice when he turned up in Dublin in November 2007, after apparently enjoying an all-night session. He was arrested by Gardai and charged with being drunk and in breach of the peace.

In London the next day he was pictured with an early morning can of cider in his hand. Then came the news that his mother had died in Cork County, aged just 50. Heartbroken Jonathan flew back for the funeral, where he was comforted by, among others, his old acting pal Colin Farrell.

Jonathan has also been linked to a long series of beauties from socialite and model Cha Cha Seigne, who friends say remains the love of his life, to actress Toni Collette and an on/off affair with heiress Reena Hammer.

He is also a huge gay icon, and has no trouble playing gay roles. He said: “I’d actually love to do more gay parts. I want to play people like Rock Hudson and Montgomery Clift.”

From Irish Independent

I hope this visit takes, but something tells me it won’t. I really believe that as far as drug and alcohol addiction goes, the addict truly has to hit rock bottom before they really take their addiction, rehabilitation and life-long struggle seriously. I’ve always thought that was one of the biggest problems successful actors have with their addictions – they are often trying to battle while still having a job, getting good press, making money. It’s hard to hit rock bottom when you’ve got everyone supporting you and doing for you. Just my take – and I hope I’m wrong. Meyers is a gifted actor, and I hope we can enjoy his work for years to come.

Note by MSat: If you’ve watched “The Tudors,” you know how great Meyers is as Henry. He absolutely loses himself in the role. Not to mention, he’s totally hot. Hopefully, he will get the help he needs while in rehab and find better ways to cope with his loss. By the way, does anyone who gets treatment at Promises Malibu EVER stay sober? Didn’t Ben Affleck, Matthew Perry, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears make their first tries at rehab in that place – and wasn’t it the place that Chris Farley actually broke out of shortly before he overdosed? Not such a great track record.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is shown on 1/30/09 at Macys in NY launching the new fragrance by Hugo Boss: Boss Elements for Men. Credit:

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  1. Rreedy says:

    He is an awesome actor: his Henry the 8th on “The Tudors” brings the character to life.
    Good luck to him.

  2. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    He looks like a serial killer in that top pic. Scary!

    My husband loves The Tudors, but I get all stabby when I watch it because they take such incredible liberties with the actual history of the thing. Gah. Plus it’s practically soft porn.

    Good luck to him in rehab.

  3. Mairead says:

    Poor guy :-(

    His dad was on the front page of one of the tabloids (Irish Daily Star?) last weekend saying how worried he was about him. I rolled my eyes at the newsstands, but it looks like things have got really bad recently.

    (just to point out that the Indo is a national newspaper. It’s owned by Tony O’Reilly who used to be CEO of Heinz fact fans. It’s the Irish Examiner – known in Cork as “The Paper and the Evening Echo which are his “hometown” newspapers)

    But I’m sorry – if you’re an alcoholic, the first place you should be is in a psychiatric ward, then followed up with rehab. It is an illness and should be treated as such. I hope he pulls through soon.

  4. ohno says:

    Alcoholics are belong in rehab where they also get psychological counselling, not a psych ward. As far as this guy is concerned, he’s way too young for this to be his 3rd try at rehab and I’m betting it won’t “take.”

  5. Obvious says:

    It’s a shame he is a great actor. And I love the Tudors-yes I cringe at all of the historical inaccuracies, however it has reopened that period in history to many people, many to then research and learn more about it.

    I hope he gets better.

  6. ohno says:

    an alcoholic belongs in rehab NOT a psych ward. proper rehab including psychiatric counseling.

  7. Wif says:

    I’ve heard it said that relapses are an important part of recovery. He’s young and this is his third time in, which means he’s well aware that he has a real problem and takes the necessary steps when he goes off the rails. I hope this part of his path to sobriety is illuminating and gives him what he needs to stay on track and maintain hope.

  8. Ash says:

    Well HELLO Pencily McStache. I love his acting. I still have yet to see the Tudors. I love that time period!

  9. jayem says:

    He usually looks a little serial-killerish, but in that header picture he looks HAWT! Like, obnoxiously hot. That being said, I hope he gets the help he needs to fight his demons. It ain’t easy.

  10. Ophelia says:

    Why is he wearing Buddhist prayer beads? I had no idea he was a Buddhist. If he is, that’s awesome… although you’re really not supposed to indulge like that with drugs/alcohol.

    Oh and Ash, I’m totally going to start calling him Pencily McStache. That’s funny stuff. The Tudors really is a great show but I agree about the soft core porn bit, Anastasia. I’ve seen a couple eps and keep meaning to see more as that era fascinates me. Even though they got some things wrong, somehow. I have to say though, as much as it seems overdone, all Henry VIII did was have sex, lol.

  11. becca says:

    Ophelia – The real Henry was having sex as much as he does in the series until he fell off a horse riding. Then that leg swelled up over the years with gout, and he got syphillis. And famously fat. From what I’ve read it was after Jane Seymour died that he started getting fat.

    There are events in there that really happened (like the Summit in Season One, with the French King beating Henry in a wrestling match), but overall the series is grossly inaccurate (they’re keeping Henry svelte, which I don’t mind. I mean, look at Jon. :P )

    When I read about Rhys-Meyers I literally went, “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” One of my favorite actors in rehab?! Oh my god, I hope he gets better and kicks this addiction ASAP!!! And I heard he recently got engaged to his longtime gf and was soooo happy too!

  12. Cha Cha says:

    I don’t understand why people think he is a good actor. He is very shatneresque in his acting style. All he did in the Tudors is eat scenery. Whenever you see publicity photos of him he always looks high and like he’s not really into girls.

  13. Ophelia says:

    Becca- Thanks for that image, lol. I didn’t know he got fat really young. I gotta say, your history skills are impressive :-) Too many people think it’s not a good thing to know, so good on you!

  14. sharlotte says:

    Of course the Tudors is soft porn. That’s why we love it! It’s Showtime, not the History Channel. I love you Johnny, and you must get better. I need to see you you in movies!

  15. Tanicia says:

    he would look so hot with an eyebrow peircing….ugh sexy!!!