Usually when we write about model/actor/influencer Cameron Dallas, it’s due to his good looks and washboard abs – which is what he usually posts on Instagram. But this weekend, Cameron took to social media to post a very personal announcement – regarding his battle with addiction and depression – and to apologise.
Cameron Dallas is a 24-year-old social media star with millions of followers (more than 21 million on Instagram alone). He’s had his own Netflix show, did some acting, and even released some music – between plenty of modelling jobs, including for Calvin Klien.
Earlier this year, Cameron was arrested on assault charges after allegedly punching a man in the face. “Sometimes in life”, he said at the time, “you find yourself in a situation where you have to protect yourself and the people you care about.”
On Thursday, Cameron started filling his Stories with posts about an upcoming important announcement – as well as reactions from fans, who were trying to speculate about the nature of that announcement (“Are you bisexual?!”).
Then on Friday, Cameron posted the video – along with a lengthy Instagram post – and it deals with his addiction, the time he spent in rehab, and the fact that he’s been sober for 105 days.
“I’ve been wanting to make this video for a while. I wanted to fill everyone in on what I’ve been going through these past 2.5 years.
I’ve been in rehab, and I’ve been getting help in dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression, family trauma… I’m a 105 days sober, so that’s really awesome, and I want to stay on this path and help others.”
“One of the biggest things for me coming back”, Cameron adds in the caption, “Was surrounding myself with people that wanted more For me than From me, and really digging in on the underlying problems of the things I couldn’t face or figure out in my life that I buried deep down in my soul that made me turn to these addictions to escape.”
Watch the video and read the whole post here:
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Progress not perfection, this is something that means a lot to me and I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given and the patience that has been graciously bestowed upon me by so so many people whether it be my Family, Friends, my Team, my Fans, or anyone that came into contact with me in general. I want to say sorry to the people that I pissed off &/or disrespected whether I was conscious of it or not while I was in my addiction, no one deserves to be treated less than and everyone deserves to be respected in their own right. Dealing with this over the last 2 1/2 years has slowly & painfully dragged me into the shallowest, darkest places in my life destroying my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I want everyone to know that there IS hope even when it seems helpless, that there IS serenity even when you’re filled with anxious thoughts. That you CAN overcome addiction and codependency if YOU choose to get help and really want it for yourself. I’m very thankful fir the people that put up with my bullshit through this, I can’t thank you all enough. One of the biggest things for me coming back, was surrounding myself with people that wanted more For me than From me, and really digging in on the underlying problems of the things I couldn’t face or figure out in my life that I buried deep down in my soul that made me turn to these addictions to escape. There is a big Stigma around Rehab and I am guilty of thinking of it as a “bad” or “dirty” place for “horrible” people to go to, but until I got there I realized how positive and great these facilities are. They truly help guide you in changing your direction to become the best you possible, they also aim to help your families understand how they can work on themselves to have better communication between each other and how to be assertive. This is what I wanted to talk about today & share. Thank you for taking the time to listen. I hope this is received well and I want to start diving in more and more about these things over the course of my life sharing it with you all along the way. I also recently came upon a charity that raises money for (continued in comments)