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Think it’s easy being the kid of a famous star? Sure, there are perks, but it’s not always a picnic living under the shadow of a celebrity parent. Some have taken the opportunity to live the Hollywood high life a bit too literally, as there are plenty of cases where A-lister’s children have turned to drugs. It’s not like this vice only affects rich and famous families, but substance abuse seems to be rampant among that privileged circle. Here are a handful of celebrity offspring who have struggled with addiction, often with dire results.

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1. Chet Hanks

The 25 year old son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson has recently become vocal about his battles with substance abuse. The aspiring rapper recently posted several video clips on Instagram where he confessed, “I’ve been in rehab. I’ve been trying to get my s**t together.” He even admitted to selling and using coke and crack, and implied that growing up in his parents’ limelight contributed to his struggles. “It’s been a long journey discovering who I am,” he explained. “Because all the pressures that I’ve dealt with in my life — you know, being the son of my dad and everything. Just trying to find where I fit in.” The now sober Hanks tried to inject some hope in his Instagram rant, urging fellow addicts to get help. “If I can change, you can change. There is a solution.”

Chet Hanks
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