Actor Brandon Flynn (28), famous for playing the character Justin Foley in the series “13 Reasons Why”, posted an extensive text on Instagram about being sober a year ago. In 2017, the actor had already revealed that he had a drug problem during high school.
“A year of sobriety today. I didn’t know if I should share this on social media, since it is something very personal and sometimes negative and a great question about what is privacy and what is of value to those who follow me, who believe in me. Along with choosing a sober life, comes the fear of having a relapse; fear of disappointing people, fear of my self-esteem getting low, fear of losing myself, but what shines is the sense of pride and gratitude that I had not known before. This year was very difficult for many of us in many obvious ways, and we couldn’t imagine how to manage life to move on when it all seems so difficult, and it really hit us, life keeps happening and we have to connect with that along the day; like work, people, feelings and turning to all of our fears, and the list goes on … And for all of us are struggling day after day, for whatever reason, overcoming small or big things, I am proud of you. For everyone who has chosen to recover in the midst of a global pandemic, in a time that seems hopeless, when isolation is a necessity, where nothing seems like what it is – I just want you to know that you are not alone. Controlling [as situações] is irrelevant. You are doing everything you can and a few days are sufficient. The world has a funny way of telling you exactly what you need. I am proud and grateful for so many things today, yesterday, and tomorrow – one of them is to have your support constantly. “
BULLYING AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE
For Brandon Flynn, some of the topics and issues with which the characters in “13 Reasons Why” closely resemble the actor’s life. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Flynn talked about problems with bullying and substance abuse that he faced in high school,
“When I was in high school, I dealt a lot with people who were not nice to me as an actor. They [crianças] thought it was feminine. They thought I should be in the sport. Was hard. It put me in a dark space of not wanting to be myself and trying to be what others wanted me to be ”, revealed. “I self-medicated a lot; I used a lot of drugs and chose to silence my truth and change my perception to make it easier to get comfortable”, he said.
Brandon also raised the importance of the presence of parents in these situations: “Many children do not know how to turn to their parents because they do not offer openness. They do not know how to turn to school because the school does not offer this option, so they get stuck and feel as if everything and everyone was against them. I certainly remember feeling that way at that age “.