Chet Hanks recalls his parents sending him to a wilderness program

Chet Hanks recalled waking up in high school to find two burly men at the foot of his bed to take him to a wilderness program for « troubled teens » in 2008.

In a new interview, the once-problematic son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson recalled when his addiction issues started to set in, saying his parents’ first solution was to send him to the middle of nowhere in the Utah for a rude awakening.

“Bald heads, like military men who look like bouncers, you know? And I’m like, ‘What the fuck is this? What is happening ? They say, ‘You’re coming with us,' » Chet said on the ‘Ivan Paychecks’ podcast last Thursday.

« »We could do it the easiest way or the hardest. « »

Chet, now 32, said he was driven nine hours in the back of a car in southern Utah, where he lived « without a roof » and did manual labor.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Chet Hanks posing together at an event.
« I was there longer than anyone else, » he said.

« They just ran us around with an 80-pound bag, » the « White Boy Summer » rapper recalled. “There are a lot of things going through your mind. You are under observation. … They psychoanalyze you and separate you.

Chet said he felt like Tom and Wilson, both 66, were « handled all the time » because the camp was making day money and using his wealthy parents as « whales who had the « resources to keep him » there for a « long fucking time. »

Chet Hanks and Tom Hanks on a red carpet.
The « White Boy Summer » rapper marked a year of sobriety in September.
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« I was there longer than anyone else I had seen come or go in the whole program except for one kid who was there for six months, » he said. declared.

The ‘Empire’ actor said the horrifying experience made him find God and peace in solitude.

« When you have absolutely nothing to occupy your mind…but dead silence, a week feels like a month, » he explained.

Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Hanks, Chet Hanks and Truman Hanks on a red carpet.
Tom is also the father of Colin, Elizabeth and Truman.
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Now a fitness influencer, Chet marked a year of sobriety on Sept. 13 by sharing a screenshot of his 12-step progress.

» All-in. The decision was final. Never go back to that shit. Already. This is just the beginning,” he wrote.


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