‘Full House’ Star John Stamos Opens Up About Alcoholism in New Book
John Stamos wasn’t always the lovable uncle figure that he portrayed on Full House in real life. Stamos struggled with alcohol addiction and opens up about that time in his life in his new memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, which comes out on Oct. 24. He also pinpoints the moment he knew he needed to change and how it led to some of the best times in his life.
The 60-year-old admitted, “I had to sober up. I was just drinking too much. I just went low. I didn’t go high. I just surrounded myself with people I shouldn’t have been with. I had that DUI and I was like, ‘I can’t do this. I’ve got to straighten up.’ That’s when I was confusing the universe because I’m not a bad person, but I was doing crappy things.” His 2015 DUI made headlines and changed his public image.
After the incident, Stamos entered rehab and it wasn’t easy. He said that it was “dark for a little bit.” Eventually, as he recovered, he said that things got better and he made some really good friends along the way. After leaving rehab, he began filming the Full House reboot Fuller House about a week later. Around the same time, he met his now-wife, Caitlin McHugh Stamos.
They wed in 2018 and had their son Billy, who is now five years old. He admits that he probably wouldn’t have been a good father when he was still drinking and credits his wife and son for keeping him on a positive path in life.
Stamos added, “They have kept me on this path because going down the road of being sober and taking care of yourself, everybody tries. Everybody does it. You could get going for a little while. Then, it’s like, ‘I can drink again.’ So it’s staying on the path is what they mostly do for me.”
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