Chet Hanks says Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson sent him to a strict Utah ‘wilderness program’ as a teen

Chet Hanks says parents Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson sent him to a strict Utah ‘wilderness program’ as a teen to deal with his addiction issues … after slamming his Oscar-winner father as a ‘poor male role model’

  • Chet, 32, appeared on the Ivan Paychecks podcast 
  • He spoke about the experience, which occurred in 2008 when he was a teen 
  • Chet said he felt like his parents had been ‘manipulated the whole time’ due to the camp charging them an expensive daily rate 
  • Rapper/actor celebrated a full year of sobriety this past September 
  • He made headlines earlier this year after saying he didn’t have a strong male role model growing up
  • Chet has also been accused of cultural appropriation  

Chet Hanks has opened up about being sent to a wilderness camp in Utah in 2008 when he was dealing with addiction issues as a high school student.

The 32-year-old rapper/actor, appearing on the Ivan Paychecks podcast last week, recalled how he awoke one day to see a pair of large men standing by his bed ready to take him to the camp.

Chet, the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, both 66, described the course of events: ‘Bald heads, like military guys looking like bouncers, you know? And I’m like, “What the f***? What the f*** is going on?” They’re like, “You’re coming with us – we could do this the easy way or the hard way.”‘

The latest: Chet Hanks, 32, has opened up about being sent to a wilderness camp in Utah in 2008 when he was dealing with addiction issues as a high school student. He appeared on the Ivan Paychecks podcast last week

The latest: Chet Hanks, 32, has opened up about being sent to a wilderness camp in Utah in 2008 when he was dealing with addiction issues as a high school student. He appeared on the Ivan Paychecks podcast last week

Chet, who’s been seen on shows such as Empire and Shameless, said that he was taken on a nine-hour drive to south Utah, where he lived ‘without a roof’ and engaged in manual labor.

He described the activities he engaged in during his time at the Utah wilderness camp, as he said he ‘was there longer than anybody else.’

Chet continued: ‘They just hiked us in circles with an 80-pound pack. There’s a lot going through your mind.’

Chet noted that he was ‘under observation’ during the time at the camp, saying staffers there were ‘psychoanalyzing you and picking you apart.’

Chet said he felt like his parents Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, both 66, had been 'manipulated the whole time' due the the camp charging them an expensive daily rate. They were pictured last week at an event in LA

Chet said he felt like his parents Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, both 66, had been ‘manipulated the whole time’ due the the camp charging them an expensive daily rate. They were pictured last week at an event in LA 

Chet said that he was taken on a nine-hour drive to south Utah, where he lived 'without a roof' and engaged in manual labor

Chet said that he was taken on a nine-hour drive to south Utah, where he lived ‘without a roof’ and engaged in manual labor 

Chet said that he was taken on a nine-hour drive to south Utah, where he lived 'without a roof' and engaged in manual labor

Chet said that he was taken on a nine-hour drive to south Utah, where he lived ‘without a roof’ and engaged in manual labor 

Chet said he felt like his parents had been ‘manipulated the whole time’ due to the camp charging them an expensive daily rate. 

He said organizers at the facility saw the Hollywood stars as ‘whales’ who possessed the ‘resources to keep’ him at the facility for a ‘long f***ing time.’

Said Chet: ‘I was there longer than anybody else that I had seen come or go in the whole program, except for one kid who was there for six months.’

Chet said that he learned to lean on faith and find solace in being by himself.

‘When you have absolutely nothing to occupy your mind … but dead silence, a week feels like a month,’ Chet said.

Chet noted that he was 'under observation' during the time at the camp, saying staffers there were 'psychoanalyzing you and picking you apart'

Chet noted that he was ‘under observation’ during the time at the camp, saying staffers there were ‘psychoanalyzing you and picking you apart’

Chet on September 13 took to Instagram to declare that he had been sober for a full year

Chet on September 13 took to Instagram to declare that he had been sober for a full year 

Chet on September 13 took to Instagram to declare that he had been sober for a full year.

He said: ‘All In. The decision was final. Never going back to that s***. Ever. This is just the beginning. Today can be the day that changes your life forever.’ 

Chet made headlines earlier this year when he said he did not grow up with a ‘strong male role model’ in a YouTube video titled ‘The Truth About Growing Up as a Hanks.’

He said in the February clip: ‘I didn’t have a strong male role model to tell me, “Bro, f*** these people, they’re just jealous of you.”‘

Chet made headlines earlier this year when he said he did not grow up with a 'strong male role model' in a YouTube video titled 'The Truth About Growing Up as a Hanks'

Chet made headlines earlier this year when he said he did not grow up with a ‘strong male role model’ in a YouTube video titled ‘The Truth About Growing Up as a Hanks’ 

Chet in April also spoke about claims of cultural appropriation against him while appearing on the Showtime talk show ZIWE

Chet in April also spoke about claims of cultural appropriation against him while appearing on the Showtime talk show ZIWE 

Chet in April also spoke about claims of cultural appropriation against him while appearing on the Showtime talk show ZIWE.

Host Ziwe asked Hanks – who has past spoken with a Jamaican Patois accent – ‘Are there any marginalized communities you want to apologize to? I don’t know, maybe the Patois community?’

He answered the question, ‘Nah, I don’t feel like I’ve truly done anything offensive, so I don’t.’ 

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