'Jackass' Star Bam Margera To Check Into Alcohol Rehab For Third Time
The professional skateboarder revealed over social media that he would again be seeking treatment for alcohol addiction.
It's been a tough couple of years for Bam Margera.
After the pro skateboarder catapulted into the spotlight following the popularity of his CKY films and later Jackass -- which featured skateboarding as well as cheeky antics alongside his daredevil mates -- his career seemed to come to a halt in 2005 following the end of his MTV spinoff show, Viva La Bam.
The former skating prodigy, who also featured in the hugely popular Tony Hawk Pro Skater games, soon began to face scrutiny and hardships under the glare of the spotlight -- most notably the 2011 death of his best friend Ryan Dunn in a car accident while driving intoxicated.
What wasn't as well known at the time was the fact that he was also battling an eating disorder, in addition to heavy drinking, which soon spelled the breakdown of his skating career as well as his relationships.
This week, the 39-year-old revealed he would again be attempting to take on his demons, announcing over Instagram he would be going to rehab for alcohol dependence for the third time.
"Off to alcohol rehab for the 3rd time. I am hoping the term 3rd time is a charm is true," he wrote alongside a snap of himself and one-year-old son Phoenix.
It comes a year after the West Chester native's most recent stint in treatment, which was announced following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence.
“Thanks to @johnnyschillereff of element skateboards for checking me into alcohol rehab today. No phones here, see y’all soon,” he wrote in an Instagram post in January 2018.
He also shared a photo thanking friends, including Jackass co-star Johnny Knoxville and fellow pro-skateboarder and former heroin addict Brandon Novak for helping him to seek treatment for his addiction.
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Bam opened up to PEOPLE in 2017 about getting back into skating again after years of alcohol abuse, crediting it with helping him get life back on track after hitting rock bottom.
“I took a five-year hiatus from skating because I had bone spurs, so instead I was making money by doing nightclub appearances, which basically was shooting photos and taking shots with the locals,” he said. “So I was s**tbag wasted every night, and eventually was like, ‘This has to stop.’ Once I woke up in my own puke and piss, I knew I had to cut it off.”
“I just reached a point where drinking got really old,” he added. “I just looked at the big picture, like, ‘What am I doing? I’m not doing anything, just sitting in a bar in Westchester cracking jokes with the locals.’ So I stopped.”
We wish Bam all the best in his recovery.