Earlier this month, the Daily Mail published photos of a disheveled Jonathan Rhys Meyers walking through the streets of London. He was holding a half-empty and open bottle of vodka with his pants undone and his jacket on inside out.
In the past, Meyers has been vocal about his struggles with alcoholism, which makes the already-heartbreaking photos that much more troubling.
The actor has been battling his demons for years now, but following a relapse-related hospitalization in 2011, it seemed like he had finally put them to rest.
These photos stirred news of a relapse, but now, Meyers has taken to his fiancée's Instagram to respond and apologize. Here's what he had to say:
Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologize for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me. I stopped drinking immediately and it is no reflection on Damascus Cover as I was not meant to attend Cannes this year and I apologize to fans and colleagues. I am on the mend and thank well wishers and sorry for my disheveled appearance as I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I'm living a healthy life.
Love and blessings.
For those that were shaming Meyers for his relapse, he makes it clear that he is still committed to recovery.
Judging from this post and his previous comments, he also has a good support system that are aware of his addiction and can keep him honest. Staying sober takes constant work, and many consider relapsing to be a part of recovery.
What's important is that Meyers addressed his circumstances and is now making moves to change it. You have to appreciate his honesty, especially in such a trying time.