Well, this might be the reveal to a few blind items from the past few years. As it turns out, Jon Hamm completed a 30-day rehab program very quietly at some point recently. It seems he timed the rehab stay so he would be free for the promotional work for the last half of the last season of Mad Men. CB theorized – and we’ll see today, probably – that Hamm confirmed his rehab stay possibly ahead of some tabloid revelation. Here’s what his rep confirmed to TMZ and People Magazine:
“With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction. They have asked for privacy and sensitivity going forward,” his rep said in a statement.
Was Hamm known as some kind of crazy partier? Not really. There were stories about him enjoying drinks with friends, and there were stories about him going out and acting like a single guy, flirting with young ladies and maybe that was alcohol-lubricated. When I was looking through our archives, I did see this – some old stories from 2011 from the Enquirer about Hamm being a boozehound, and how he regularly fell out of bars because he was so sloshed. So maybe the National Enquirer was right about yet another celebrity.
In any case, good for Hamm for getting help. And it’s lovely that Jennifer is sticking by him – they really do seem stronger than most marriages.
PS… This also answers one question I had about Hamm’s general appearance this week in NYC – he looks noticably thinner, right? It’s because he’s laid off the booze. He’s not booze-bloated now.
Photos of Hamm out and about in NYC this week, courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.