HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 21: Jamie Campbell Bower attends the Universal Pictures' "The Black Phone" Los Angeles Premiere on June 21, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Jamie Campbell Bower is a familiar face to many, having starred in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things as well as poses alongside Edward Cullen during their heyday in Twilight. Now, he confesses facing struggles in addiction and mental health illness.
The actor shared his recovery story on Twitter, revealing that he had been sober for almost a decade, and at some point of his life, addiction brought him to a 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 expressed that he is grateful for reaching the milestone and in a good place.
“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.”
Fans have shown their support and respect for Bower after he wrote a post on social media. He has not been the first personality to voice out about struggling with addiction when they were at a younger age.
He is among other artists, including 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.