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Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Returning to Rehab

Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Returning to Rehab

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will check into a London treatment facility to treat his alcohol addiction.

The 32-year-old actor, who first entered rehab in 2007, “really wants to get better,” a source close to him tells People. “This has been an ongoing battle for him.”

Jonathan‘s rep confirmed that he is continuing treatment for his addiction but wouldn’t comment further.

Earlier this month, rumors circulated that JRM was banned from flying United Airlines after an alcohol-induced incident.

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  • gorg

    Love him and hope he can kick it. He’s too talented to waste.

  • [marie]

    And it was reported that he said the N-word too.. He needs more than help…

  • nen

    reported by who? Some tabloid quoting some unnamed source?

  • aw.

    That’s a cute photo of him

  • Halli

    Racists walk amongst us everywhere. He must have said some pretty awful things to get banned for life on United airlines. He’s on a no-fly list now. Idiot.

  • photoshop

    No one really knows if he said the N word so I think its a little premature to be calling the guy a racist. He seems actually very kind and open minded, so I hope he gets this mess under controle.

  • Truth

    I hope he gets better. Too much talent there to be wasted. :)

  • Lea

    My baby :( Get better pls Jonny xo

  • Ben

    Call me racist if you want but it seems absolutely stupid in my mind when discussing a word itself to refer to it abstractly as ‘the n-word’. The word is nigger, and if you’re having a reasonable mature discussion about there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t refer to it properly.
    There’s a difference between me saying the word nigger in this context and throwing it at someone as an insult.

  • patricia

    wish him the best, he’s a great actor!

  • J.

    @photoshop: He says lot of stuuupid arrogant things. Like what he said about women who choose not to go in movies. Idk if that’s the drink talking or if he’s just that ignorant, whatever.

  • Hmmmmm

    I’m sick of these people who hide behind their ‘acting talents’ to try and excuse bad behaviour. Now, he’s off to rehab, probably to get out of charges of some kind being filed. I don’t know what he did on the plane, but bet if it were you or me, we would have been in the slammer. You don’t get banned from an airline for the trivial.

  • [marie]


    Exactly “nen” obviously can’t put two and two together..

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    …fcuk him. fcuk him and any other loser who cant get their shiit together.

  • eyeh8twilight

    Why are all of the sexy celebrities drunks?

  • Saphire

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…: Lol I just love how your comments are always straight to the point.

  • example

    @eyeh8twilight: Like?

  • tess

    he seems to really fall off the wagon at this exact time of the year. Remember last year at the Paris airport, right before he was supposed to start filming the 4th/final season the The Tudors?
    Henry Cavill is way more hotter than Johnny.

  • hayden

    @I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…:

    you’re right. they are idiots. they know what consequences they are going to face when they do things like tha and yet they do themt. they are pathetic. that’s it.

  • Michelle

    He is a really talented actor and I was shocked to learn that he was thrown off yet another flight for drunken behaviour. Apparently he was in rehab not so long ago so his problems must be very serious and I hope that he will have the courage and strength to overcome this addiction.

  • jaye

    Some celebrities are d drunks for the same reason some non-celebrities are drunks.
    1) They’re insecure
    2) they medicate their emotions with booze
    3) they started drinking because everyone else was doing it, now they can’t stop
    4) They’re immature and too self-involved
    5) They can’t handle stress 6) they try to live up to other people’s expectations
    7) they question or can’t deal with their s*exually and or s*exual preference.
    8) they have a genetic disposition for alcoholism
    There may be any number of reasons, but the bottom line is that celebrity doesn’t make you immune to the problems that other people go through. You can’t run, you can’t hide; you just need to learn what motivates you to drink and deal with the problem. There are no easy solutions or magic wand waving that makes it all go away. You have to be committed enough to do the hard work and keep working at it the rest of your life.
    He obviously, in the past, has not made a commitment to getting his alcoholism under control. That’s a life time commitment not to take another drink. You are never cured. Robert Downey Jr. once said that giving up drugs wasn’t hard, it was deciding that he WANTED to give them up that was hard. The man loved cocaine, he had to decide that he wanted a sober life more.
    I don’t know who this Meyers is, but he won’t be well until he gets real with himself. You can’t go to Rehab just to clean up your reputation or avoid jail time; he needs to go because he doesn’t want to be a drunk anymore. At the end of the day he will need to do a LOT of soul searching, something that is scary to a lot of people; but you can’t know what drives you until you know YOU. Looking in the mirror and confronting the insecurities and anxieties isn’t easy, but nether is being a drunk.

  • That’s sad

    He did?? Isn’t his girlfriend black or part black? She must be really disappointed in him :(

  • Lindsay

    Its good to be king

  • sexythang


    Uh the same people that reported the tirade reported that he said the n word. This is just an attempt to sweep it under the rug. “He wants to get better”. He needs sympathy now. It’s bad enough being a drunk, but being known as a racist drunk will certainly kill his career.

  • Drive Bye

    Really, the “N” word? I thought the Irish were treated like dirt by the English (During the Potato Famine the English Landlords let them starve) and in America they lived in slums like the rest of the immigrants- all sorts of cliche’s about Irish due to their strict Catholisism and lack of birth control. One would think Irish would not be racist … but there it is.

  • shaar

    At least he’s getting help. Experts say it takes a few rehab stints for addicts of any kind to actually kick the habit. If Only Lohan could do the same. But this man, sexy as he might, has a track record of saying crappy things. Not sure that;s the liquor talking tho…

  • sexythang

    @That’s sad:

    No she’s not black anything. She’s bangladesh unless you’re talking about someone else.

  • sexythang


    Agree. We’re not children. We’re adults.

  • Kim Vo


  • Nix

    @That’s sad:
    His girlfriend is not black!!!!! Neither is she part black!!!

  • Stepdep

    Just like I said, campy, campy, campy, talks cr*p to United personnel because he is smart enough to know he can get away with it. When he is informed that he is too drunk to fly he becomes enraged. When he uses the n-word United banned him. That is standard airline practice. And that has been confirmed. GOOD FOR UNITED FOR PROTECTING THEiR EMPLOYEES FROM THIS KIND OF ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR!!!!! United can’t stop him from behaving that way but they don’t have to put up with his cr*p. He is a real cowardly person if he will go to the airport to get away with abusing people like that because their jobs demand that they deal with this type of nonsense. And still no sorry no nothing just I’m going to hide away in rehab till the media frency blows over because I am sick, he is not so sick that he can’t say I’m sorry for making an a** out of myself and the horrible way that I treated everyone. You don’t need rehab to say sorry I was a bit of a jerk please forgive me. These people are hardworking hourly wage workers and they don’t deserve that. I just think the mistreatment of the workers and the complete and total lack of remorse is beyond awful. Even if there was something said now it is way too late. There was a time in his life that he had very little and how quickly he has forgotten that and now apparently makes a habit out of treating people less forturnate than himself like garbage. What a horrible, dark, dark, person he must be in his heart. He will never be well because you cannot cure what is in the heart.

  • Stepdep

    @Nix: no but she is a person of color…. but I really don’t think she cares so long as the gravy train continues and she can go to opens and premieres etc and who knows maybe she can get a few miles out this scandal also…

  • Stepdep

    @Kim Vo: Here, Here Kim well said. Some of the Irish and Irish American papers are reporting today that he can’t get right with his own sexual orientation and that is why he continues to have drinking issues. Someone who would utter the n-word at people just trying to make a living must be swimming in self loathing so I was not surprised when I read what you wrote and heard what was in the papers…

  • British Latin American

    @Stepdep: What is a ‘person of colour?’ That term is so inappropriately used by people who don’t even know what they are talking about.

  • Stepdep

    @British Latin American: As per title VII
    Title VII prohibits employment discrimination because of “color” as a basis separately listed in the statute. The statute does not define “color.” The courts and the Commission read “color” to have its commonly understood meaning – pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade or tone. Thus, color discrimination occurs when a person is discriminated against based on the lightness, darkness, or other color characteristic of the person. Even though race and color clearly overlap, they are not synonymous.(26) Thus, color discrimination can occur between persons of different races or ethnicities, or between persons of the same race or ethnicity.(27)

    You can go debate this with the EEOC not me…

  • Paz

    I am so ashamed of Jonathan, it hurts. I am a person of color and have been an avid fan, watching his movies, purchasing The Tudors DVD’s. I thought Jonathan was bigger than that. And yes, especially because his girlfriend, Reena Hammer is of color, her mother is a dark skinned Indian (Bengladeshi descent) born in Africa and eventually made her way to England. If you don’t believe this go to the The Daily Mail (UK) and look up an article that was written last year about Reena and her mother in the FeMail section.

  • Maire

    Jonathan is gay. He is a gay man, I’ve known for a few years.

  • Stepdep

    @Maire: I think if that is the case and he is gay he needs to get right with himself. Better he be a happy, sober, living out loud gay man than closeted and killing himself with drink. If that is the case and you have personal knowledge he needs to get honest with himself to not only save his own life but to protect airport personnel from any future attacks!

  • Paz

    Amen! Stepdep!

  • Afrika

    LOL I love how Jared omits the part where Jonathan used the N word to verbal assault an airline worker. Never change Jared, never change. SMH

  • mailey

    i think it’s hilarious he gets wasted at airports. that’s awesome.

  • British Latin American

    @Stepdep: You silly little fool! I asked “What is a ‘person of colour’?”, not what is colour discrimination! Learn to read, or couldn’t answer the question.

  • Stepdep

    @British Latin American: my dear confused little twit, the EEOC in the US sets the guidelines in Title VII for discrimination by stating what they mean or how they define person of color in legal actions. So please go argue with the EEOC… your opened ended irrational silly little what does person of color really mean bores the hell out of me and it really does not make you look as smart as you think it does….I am sorry if you could not understand what was said in the Title VII guidelines the EEOC has an 800 number if you need help understanding it… they will how shall I say it walk you through it slowly…

  • Opinion

    Alchohol loosens you up, but doesn’t make you say anything completely against your character type. If indeed he did come out with something racist, in my opinion, he actually thinks that way. Just has the brains to hide it when he’s sober. Same with Mel Gibson.

  • athena

    To live with an alcoholic is no fun. I hope he gets better and learns how to deal with his addiction, and no longer make it a crutch because of his career. Best wishes to you Jonathan.

  • Stepdep

    @Opinion: Sadly Opinion, people don’t even need alcohol what is in the heart one way or another it eventually reveals itself to the world… and there is no cure or rehab for what is in the heart.

  • happy girl

    Ben: My parents taught us to never use the “n” word. And I and many people choose to say the “n” word instead of saying the actual word when we are in conversation trying to refer to it such as this incident. For me, if I ever said that word out loud, I would feel dirty and disgusting. It is such a vile word. It is the way it was used historicaly that makes it so problematic: lynchings, etc. It is a foul word to me any way you choose to look at it. As are other racially charged words for any group. WOrds hold weight. Think about how you feel when you say a derogatory word and when you don’t. You feel “lighter” and less nasty when you use lesser charged words. And my parents are right, what business do I have ever having to use such a word? It’s useless. And I don’t care who uses it and that is including words to demean gay people. My gay friends use the “F” word but I never use it. My parents would kill me. And I despise celebs who go to rehab for bad behavior. They should just fess up to it instead.

  • Stepdep

    @happy girl: I think you hit it for me. The vile images of our history lynchings and cross burnings that the n-word conjures up are what I don’t like or I find most offensive not the word itself but the images attached to it that is what it represents to me. That is what I find so offensive and cruel about it. Also attempting to diminsh or tear down a person by making a racial slur, none of us can change what we are ethnically is the worst kind of insult, it is an insult at the very core of what we are and cannot change and shouldn’t even for a moment want to change.

  • Kim Vo

    He would be a lot better off if he got rid of that ugly hairy faced self-hating Coolie from Indian he is dating. get a white girl at least.

  • happy girl

    Stepdep: I agree with you. If someone has to go that route and call someone racially charged words, how is that person feeling about themselves? I can guarantee you that a person who is happy, secure, sure of themselves will never have a need to use such words. Those words come from a place of discontentment with one’s self, no ifs and buts about it.