Jamie Campbell Bower is a familiar face to viewers of Stranger Things and Twilight as he had portrayed a vital role in both series. Now, he has revealed struggles with addiction and mental health challenges.
In a tweet, the actor shared that he has been sober for almost a decade, but he once had an addiction that led him into the hospital.
Bower’s post read: “12 and a half years ago I was in active addiction. Hurting myself and those around me who I loved the most. It got so bad that eventually I ended up in a hospital for mental health. I am now 7 ½ years clean and sober. I have made many mistakes in my life…”
He said that he’s currently in a good place and grateful to have reached the milestone he has attained.
“But each day is a chance to start again,” Bower said. “Atone for mistakes and grow. For anyone who wakes up thinking ‘oh God not again’ I promise you there’s a way. I’m so grateful to be where I am. I’m so grateful to be where I am. I’m so grateful to be sober. I’m so grateful to be. Remember, we are all works in progress.”
Bower Given Support by Fans
Since he published the post, fans have expressed their support and respect for Bower. He has not been the first personality to voice out about struggling with addiction when they were at a younger age.
There is Hayden Panettiere, Demi Lovato, Drew Barrymore, and Daniel Radcliffe, who Bower acted with in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
But this was not the first time Bower ever mentioned the issue. In “It Gets Better,” his 2019 song which he recorded with his band Counterfeit, cites mental health and addiction. Lyrics include, “If you’ve seen the bottom, if you’ve given up/Believe me, my sister, there is hope for us.”
Other shows Bower has played in are Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, RocknRolla, Winter in Wartime, London Boulevard, Anonymous, Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Six Days of Sistine.
Bower has also been in TV shows, including Camelot, Will, and Urban Myths, and theater: Honk!, The Dreaming, and Bend It Like Beckham.