Cheyenne Jackson bravely revealed that he relapsed “after nearly a decade of sobriety.”
“VULNERABLE is what I’m feeling today,” he captioned a lengthy Instagram post Monday alongside a selfie of himself in the car. “After nearly a decade of sobriety I fell off the wagon. I’ve been carrying a lot of shame. Scared to share it. But I know it can help someone so here I go.”
The “Call Me Kat” actor said that he didn’t want to “disappoint” anyone who looked up to him “as a sober person,” so instead he’s been “burying” his issues away.
“I took my eye off the ball. I stopped doing what I needed to do to keep myself on the path of my personal integrity,” Jackson, 47, added.
The “American Horror Story” star listed several things that he could have blamed his relapse on, including the unexpected death of his “Call Me Kat” co-star Leslie Jordan, who died of sudden cardiac dysfunction last October.
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“I could blame it on Covid. I could blame it on the state of the world. Mass shootings. A nation divided. The death of my co-star. But the truth is, I thought I had it all handled. I thought ‘I got this.’ But I don’t. I am a work in progress. Always,” he added.
Jackson went on to thank his “support system” and actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who has been outspoken about her addiction and sobriety.
“If you are out there struggling, you are not alone and there is a solution. I love you. And I love myself today and that feels really good to say. #progressnotperfection,” he concluded.
The post garnered an outpouring of support from several stars including, Curtis, Melissa Gilbert, Peta Murgatroyd, Lily Rabe and Sophia Bush.
The “Halloween Ends” actress, 64, wrote: “WE ARE ONLY AS SICK AS OUR SECRETS! The truth is anyone in recovery and only has this day sober. The past is irrelevant, and the future unknown.”
The recent Oscar winner also included a poem by Kalidasa.
Jackson’s husband, Jason Landau, also commented, writing, “your power, your truth and your willingness is why I fell in love with you. Today I love you even more.”
On Wednesday, Jackson posted a video thanking “everyone who reached out to me yesterday,” sharing that he was overwhelmed by the response.
“I literally just finished reading well over 2,000 DM’s and messages and texts and comments — and I’m talking like detailed and personal, people sharing their stories of experience, strength and love. I just feel so loved and I feel so grateful,” he said.
In March 2021, the Broadway performer spoke to Page Six exclusively about his sobriety.
“The craving for alcohol has been lifted, thankfully,” he said while navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic with Landau and their twins, daughter Willow and son Ethan, now 6.
“But yeah, right now, I gotta be fully on. Jason and I have definitely had moments because we’re both sober — that’s where we met, in an AA meeting — we’ve both had moments where we’re like, ‘If we had a glass of wine right now, nobody would blame us.’”
Jackson said that he and his husband realized that their lives were “better” without alcohol and they focused their time on other things.
“It usually involves being with the kids, doing something to get your mind out of that. But yeah, I definitely want relief,” he told us.