Steve-O Tells Friends: I'm Paying for My Self-Destructive Behavior
03/14/2008 AT 05:00 PM EDT
The star (real name: Stephen Glover), known for outlandish stunts and reckless behavior, revealed in stark terms how he landed in the hospital on a 72-hour psychiatric hold – which he now says has been extended another 14 days.
"I suppose it is an ironic 'eye for an eye' situation that I am in, coping with the lowest 'lows' that I've ever experienced – as a form of punishment for the emotional distress that I have put my loved ones through with the self-destructive behavior that led me here," he wrote. (Read the complete e-mail here.)
Confirming that he is "really in the looney bin," Steve-O writes that he initially believed that "I am an extraordinarily 'tough' individual [and] I could handle it, and my legacy would be comprised of only that which could be described as 'intense.'"
But he now realizes his behavior, specifically his drug abuse – which was documented in a shocking YouTube video circulating around the Web – "was a bunch of manic bull---- that made little-to-no sense and, furthermore, was devastating to those who love me the most."
Closing his note with a maxim he attributes to himself ("Be real careful, don't misbehave...That's all you gotta know to be saved..."), the reality star encourages friends to share his e-mail widely, signing off, "I love you all."
Several friends have followed up with immediate concern. Rocker Tommy Lee wrote back to the mass e-mail chain, asking, "You ok dude!?!?!......"
Read Steve-O's Complete E-mail to Friends >