Garrett Hedlund was arrested for public intoxication in Tennessee this weekend

Man, Emma Roberts’s publicist has exquisite timing. On Saturday, People Magazine got the nod from Emma’s publicist to report that Emma and Garrett Hedlund had called it quits. Emma had telegraphed their split for months, and they were (in my opinion) always kind of on-and-off anyway. Hours after People Mag’s breakup story, Garrett was arrested in Tennessee for public intoxication. This is after Garrett was charged with two DUIs in 2020, and after he caused a terrible car accident while drunk, for which he’s currently being sued. Emma really pulled the ripcord and got the hell out of this mess.

Garrett Hedlund is in custody after being arrested for public intoxication, TMZ has learned, and it’s the latest in a series of problems the actor is facing. The arrest went down in Franklin County in Tennessee Saturday night. Bond has been set at $2,100 for the misdemeanor arrest, and at the time this story went up he had not posted it.

The “Friday Night Lights” and “Troy” star has been going through it. He broke up with Emma Roberts just a few weeks ago. They had a child together back in December 2020 … a son named Rhodes. The 2 began dating in 2019.

Garrett has had other legal issues as well. He’s being sued for allegedly driving so drunk back in January 2020. He passed out and slammed into a Nissan carrying a woman and her 3 kids. He was arrested that same night for DUI and pled no contest to a DUI charge the following month. Garrett was placed on 3 years probation. Typically one of the conditions of probation is that no laws can be broken, so the latest arrest may be problematic for him.

Update: A rep for Franklin County TN Jail tells TMZ … Garrett has been released on a $2,100 bond. He’s due back in court in March.

[From TMZ]

I wondered what Garrett was even doing in Tennessee, and I think he’s filming a movie there. The Ploughmen is listed as “filming” on his IMDB page, so I think it’s somewhat likely that he went out drinking after filming? Oh wait – IMDB says that the movie is filming in Montana? Then WTF was Garrett doing in Tennessee this weekend? Did he fly thousands of miles over the weekend just to get sauced in Tennessee?

Anyway, it’s massively clear that Hedlund has a very serious drinking problem. I know he went through some kind of rehab program in 2020, but he relapsed (if even really “quit” in the first place). I hope he gets some help. At least this time, he didn’t get behind the wheel. That’s the only “good” part of this latest arrest.

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  1. HufflepuffLizLemon says:

    Nashville has become a SUPER party spot-people all over the East and Midwest flock there, and Broadway is a mess 24-7. I was up there for work before Christmas and had a meeting on a side street off Broadway, there were bachelorettes stumbling around at 2PM. So… yah. Makes sense for someone to be there getting hammered. Good for Emma for getting clear of this situation. She had some issues early with Evan Peters (maybe abuse on her side?) but it seems to have settled down a bit?

    • Elizabeth says:

      Ok but If TMZ is correct and he was arrested in Franklin COUNTY, that’s where I live, we are a small, rural, lake town 2 hours south of Nashville? This is the first I’ve heard about it. Maybe they meant the city of Franklin, which is a suburb of Nashville??

      • SpiritedMisfit says:

        Elizabeth, I wanted to say the same thing. My father lives in Winchester in Franklin county. My stepbrother used to spend his Friday nights walking around the Super Walmart with friends, because there’s literally nothing much else to do. Outside of community events or outdoor activities, it was mostly farm land, and churches. There’s a huge difference between Franklin county and the small town of Franklin outside of Nashville (which is in Davidson county).

      • Elizabeth says:

        @SpiritedMisfit Nashville celebs are snatching up lake homes on TIm’s Ford down here left and right, so if it was summer I could almost believe he was here at someone’s lake house, but its January lol. Pretty sure they had to mean Franklin, in Williamson County. Thats where all the big money is moving to to escape Nashville/Davidson Co. taxes.

      • SpiritedMisfit says:

        @Elizabeth, my father took me there one year for the Fourth of July fireworks. Wasn’t quiet my scene. He always used to brag that the actor DJ Qualls (The New Guy) had a place down there. Bet he’s not now since DJ came out (my father’s super religious, conservative, and a Trump cultist). If I remember correctly, I believe Alan Jackson does as well. I haven’t been back to the area since 2004, but I don’t imagine too much has changed. The Franklin County High School was still fairly new, and only about 2 minutes from my father’s place.

      • HufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I definitely read it as “Franklin” but I checked a couple other sources and it looks like Franklin County? Which… maybe he’s writing songs in a lake house lol.

    • FHMom says:

      I wanted to visit last year, but I read the most awful article about party buses and it turned me off. Avoiding intoxicated people throwing up is not my idea of a nice vacation spot.

  2. Normades says:

    Man, dude is a mess. I read that in that accident he was so drunk that he passed out on the wheel than attempted to get away but he was too drunk to walk. I hope that mother and daughter take him to the cleaners. He could have killed them.

  3. Amy T says:

    This whole situation is sad – hasn’t she had anger issues in the past? And he’s clearly got an alcohol problem. I hope they can pull it together for the baby’s sake…..

  4. Soni says:

    I’m assuming he lives in Nashville now since he’s trying to become a country musician. Congrats Garrett, being a drunk is one of the requirements for men in country music!

    • Mia4s says:

      I think you may be right, apparently he posted a “single” to social media before the announcement of the lawsuit and this most recent arrest. Again with the timing! Working on a music career is not exactly where his focus should be right now. Yikes.

      Sigh…there have been so many stories about Emma Roberts over the years too. I really hope for that baby’s sake she has matured and is sober. Because it’s not looking great for Dad at the moment!

  5. Léna says:

    Ugh, he’s cute and he’s quit a good actor in the movies I’ve seen him it but he’s messy. I hope his baby is surrounded by stable and good people because the parents are messy

  6. Silver Charm says:

    He was in a really rich part of Nashville. He’s really close with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. I think Tim is his kids godfather. He probably went to hideout while the news of his legal problems became public. Didn’t work.

    • Squirrelcicle says:

      Isn’t Tim McGraw an alcoholic too? He’s been sober for a long time- you would think he would try to encourage Garrett to get to rehab ASAP. Dude could have been A list. I will say though with alcoholics you can’t “make them” do anything- especially get sober. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever been close with an alcoholic. Terrible disease.

    • Amilou says:

      He was in Franklin County (Tullahoma/Winchester) not Franklin.

  7. Lola says:

    Is it just me or does he look just like Nick Lachey?

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yes! That’s who it is, I couldn’t figure it out, but you’re right.

      It takes a lot for me to think Emma Roberts is the better of 2 people, but this guy has done it. I hope for his own sake and for hiss kid, he gets serious help.

  8. MCV says:

    I thought they broke up months ago, like I remember her going to some wedding with a man, no?

  9. WhoElse says:

    Considering how low his bond ended up being , this is 100% PR for his new country music album. He gets to make a bit of a splash in just the right news markets, mild public alcoholism isn’t super frowned upon in that crowd anyway, plus it gives him that self-destructive “edge” that apparently many Southern women find irresistible. Tacky and shameless.

    • Silver Charm says:

      Bail being so low is 100% him being a rich white celebrity. There’s no PR conspiracy. Sit back for a moment and consider the logistics of staging such a ridiculous thing. He still wants to be a movie star and being a mess behind the scenes doesn’t help that.

      • Rural+Juror says:

        His bail is low because it’s a non-violent misdemeanor. Frankly, his bail is almost irrelevant because what he really needs to worry about is the probation violation. That could send his ass to actual jail.

    • Normades says:

      This draws even more attention to the fact he almost KILLED a family in a car accident. Not PR. The only thing he has in his future is rehab.

    • A says:

      Coming as it does on the heels of him being sued for crashing his car into a family while drunk, I’m not sure that’d be a great choice.

    • Cait says:

      Southern woman here. After watching my mother die from her addiction, no, I don’t find self-destruction sexy.

      (I’d also prefer to listen to Jason Isbell or the Old 97’s, too, fwiw.)

    • lunchcoma says:

      $2100 isn’t low for a misdemeanor that essentially consists of being drunk in a way that gets on other people’s nerves. That kind of money is nothing to him, but bail like that would be torture for a lot of people to raise, and it really isn’t necessary to ensure someone shows up for their next hearing.

      This is going to mess with his probation, and I think it’s a lot more likely that he just has a serious drinking problem.

    • Isabella says:

      I believe his PR team had him release his new single on that specific date on purpose, to distract from his other issues (lawsuit, breakup). It didn’t work though.

  10. Case says:

    I think Emma should’ve been more thoughtful about who she procreated with. Sounds like he’s been a mess this whole time.

  11. lunchcoma says:

    Alcoholic father who doesn’t seem like he’s going to be very invested in parenting now that his relationship is over and a mother with a history of abusing her romantic partners. Poor kid.

    I hope Emma has done some work on herself and is in a place where she can be a good parent, but I don’t think there’s a lot that indicates she’s made changes beyond getting better PR.

  12. Terry says:

    he was there for the football game

  13. Isabella says:

    Garrett was in Tennessee recording his new country album. One day after his single “The Road” was released, news came out about his DUI lawsuit (he was so drunk that he passed out at the wheel, crashed into the car with a family, severely injuring three people) and breakup with Emma. It was just too much for him, he drank and got arrested. He violated his parole and could face jail time. IMDB shows “The Ploughman” as currently filming, however, only a few scenes were shot for investors to view. The film hasn’t received funding, and it’s not known if it will ever receive funding and be filmed. If it is filmed, there’s a possibility that Garrett will be replaced, just as he was on “Castle Rock” and “The Bride” because of his drinking. I really hope he receives help, for his baby’s sake.

  14. Lucille says:

    Let’s be real here. He seems like the male version of Emma. She’s trouble and so is he.