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Originally posted 04/21/2009 05:45PM
On Jackass, viewers watched him gag inside a helmet full of crickets and bob for jellyfish. On Dancing with the Stars, they watched as he danced the foxtrot and Viennese waltz. Now on a new unflinching MTV special, Steve-O: Demise and Rise, viewers will witness his longtime struggle with drugs and alcohol as well as his recent decision to sober up. PEOPLE has an exclusive clip of the program.
Even before Jackass and the spin-off Wildboyz, Steve-O, now 34, has been documenting his life on tape, including his days at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, which led to a job at a flea-market circus. There, he says, he was a "cocaine-addicted clown," who performed "two shows on Friday, three shows on Saturday and three shows on Sunday, and typically I would do cocaine through all of it without sleeping."
Originally posted 07/07/2008 02:25PM
Jackass star Steve-O has checked himself back into a mental institution after living sober for 115 days, he says.
The former MTV star (born Stephen Glover), 33, writes on his blog that after watching himself on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Addiction Special he wants "to explain a little bit of what I've been going through since I got clean, to help some of you understand how much damage drugs and alcohol have really done to me.”
Despite passing a 100-day milestone of sobriety, Steve-O says he still suffers from “horrible mood swings and severe depression,” and that his brain is “f----- up” from using “so much cocaine, ketamine, pcp, nitrous oxide, and all sorts of other drugs.”
He writes that his prescribed medication is not working and he’s “back in the looney bin trying to get that s--- right.”
Originally posted 06/03/2008 08:00PM
Jackass star Steve-O pleaded guilty Tuesday to cocaine possession, but avoided a jail sentence as long as he completes a drug rehab program.
The MTV prankster, whose real name is Stephen Glover, 33, was arrested in March on suspicion of vandalism and drug possession at his Hollywood apartment. He even filmed himself smashing the wall of an adjacent apartment.
The reality star then subsequently posted bail and checked into a hospital for psychiatric treatment. He has since blogged frequently from what he calls the "loony bin."
Originally posted 04/23/2008 03:25PM
Rehabbing Jackass star Steve-O (real name: Stephen Glover) has
pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony cocaine possession after a March 3
drug bust, E! Online reports.
A May 13 date has been set for a preliminary hearing, during which the court will determine if there's enough evidence to begin a trial.
Originally posted 04/01/2008 03:00PM
Jackass star Steve-O, who has been hospitalized in the psychiatric ward at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center since mid-March, says he has a new outlook since undergoing treatment.
"I'm doing really well, overwhelmed with excitement regarding the future," the London-born daredevil performer (who's dealing with reckless-behavior issues, including the abuse of alcohol and drugs) tells PEOPLE. "My urge to stay sober, today, is way stronger than my urge to get f----- up. I truly pray to keep it that way."
Originally posted 03/27/2008 08:45AM
Despite forfeiting $10,000 bail after missing his March 26 court date, troubled prankster Steve-O is "doing great," his lawyer Barry Sands says.
"He's been in the hospital for two weeks," Sands told E! News. "He voluntarily checked himself in. But he will be at the next court hearing."
The 33-year-old Jackass star (real name Stephen Glover), is currently hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, causing his absence from the arraignment on felony cocaine charges Wednesday.
Originally posted 03/20/2008 01:05PM
Steve-O, who is currently hospitalized, is opening up on his MySpace blog about his mother's alcoholism and his own early experience with alcohol – including claims that his parents gave it to him as a child.
The Jackass star writes "I know I was always powerless over alcoholism, because it had such a grip on Mom's adulthood and my childhood, and I never chose to fight it."
He outlines how during his family's frequent travels, "before Mom and Dad would find themselves in the embarrassing position of being caught by other passengers with a crying baby, I was fed alcohol."
Originally posted 03/17/2008 04:00PM
Jackass star Steve-O is using his time in a psychiatric hospital to ponder the meaning of life.
"I have been on a spiritual mission and, gradually, have come to realize that I have a deeper agenda in this life than to make people giggle at my random acts of silliness, such as breaking bones and shoving things up my butt," writes MTV's prankster on his MySpace Celebrity blog.
Originally posted 03/14/2008 05:00PM
Jackass's Steve-O, who is currently hospitalized, poured his heart out to friends in an e-mail Friday – saying that "I did a great deal of damage to my brain" with drugs and "now that they've all worn off, I'm facing the consequences."
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.)
Originally posted 05/23/2003 11:00AM
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