Sean Penn's Son Hopper Reveals His Battle With Meth Addiction

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Actor Sean Penn and Robin Wright’s son Hopper is opening up about how his father’s tough love helped kick him back into shape after battling a crystal meth addiction.

In a candid interview with ES Magazine, Penn, 23, reveals how his struggles with addiction nearly threw him out on the streets.

“I was pretty bad,” Hopper admits. “I just got caught a lot doing stuff, you know? Whether it was my parents or the cops.”

After admitting he fell into the “wrong crowd” and did a lot of stuff, Penn reveals he went from being a “pothead” to taking crystal meth, saying “it was the main one that brought me down.”

Penn eventually agreed to get help, but only after getting a firm ultimatum from his father, Sean.

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“I went to rehab because I woke up in a hospital and my dad was like, ‘Rehab? Or bus bench?’ I was like, ‘I’ll take the bed,’” he recounts.

Penn is thankful though that his father’s tough love helped motivated him to be a better, healthier person.

“Thank God I got out of that because that was the worst time in my life,” he says. “Because it’s not fun when it gets to a point where you just need it.”

Penn also opened up about how difficult it was when his famous parents got divorced.

“I was pretty mad, because they had split up before and then got back together, and then they did it again,” he explains. “So it was like, ‘Pick which one you’re gonna do.’”

Hopper says his parent’s relationship was also difficult for his sister, model Dylan Penn, 25.

“I was young and thinking: ‘Are you just f**king with me and my sister?’ I mean it was not the best. It was kind of tough talking to them. Because they were both pretty broken too, I think.”

Regardless of his famous pedigree, Penn says he never felt like the other children of celebrities in Hollywood.

“Some of the kids that grow up in Los Angeles with that life, they have this impression of themselves, like they’re more important than other people,” he said.

“But they’re not real to me,” Penn adds. “I don’t feel like I have a Hollywood family, really. I feel pretty normal.”

[H/T: Getty / Jon Kopaloff/ FilmMagic]


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