Micheal Neeson Admits Mother's Death Spurred Drinking Problem

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Son of Liam Neeson, Micheal Neeson, Copes With The Death of His Mother By Drinking and Doing Drugs

In 2009, actress Natasha Richardson passed away at only 45 years old after suffering a major head injury caused by a skiing accident. She left behind her grieving husband Liam Neeson and their two sons, Micheal and Daniel Neeson. After six years of silence, the eldest son, Micheal Neeson, is finally opening up about his long struggle to cope with her death.Micheal Neeson was just 13 when his mother passed away and was initially unable to deal with her death. At first, he pushed it out of his mind and tried to move on with his life.“Of course, when it happened, it was devastating,” he said. “But in my mind, subconsciously, I either pushed it out or stored it deep inside. And so, within the next week I was like, ‘OK, get on with my life'”

It wasn’t long before Micheal Neeson turned to the New York City party scene to seek self-fulfillment as he fought to cope with his childhood trauma. Still, he was in self-denial over the fact that his destructive behavior was from his inability to deal with his mother’s death. “Everybody said, ‘This kid has lost his mom, that’s where the problem comes from. And I was like, ‘No, it isn’t, I just like to party.’ But looking back, I realize it was a delayed reaction.”

Micheal Neeson continued his delayed reaction until early 2014, when he finally realized he was caught in a downward spiral. “Last spring, things just started going downhill…” he said in an interview with Sunday Times Style. “It was dark. I hit rock bottom.” He put down the alcohol and drugs and turned instead to his friends and family for help. He also checked himself into wilderness therapy in an attempt to rehabilitate himself. There in the Utah desert, he sobered up while surviving off of dehydrated food and learning true self-reliance.

The Taken star’s son now curates a fashion gallery in London and has been clean ever since his rehab. “Not having the mother figure definitely set the balance of family off,” he admitted and added, “When I was younger, I was more of a momma’s boy.” But his mother would be proud of her son’s accomplishments and his ability to overcome substance abuse, though she might be more proud to hear that her son is thinking of picking up the family business of acting. Micheal Neeson comes from a long line of actors, including the Redgrave dynasty and of course his own parents.

Liam Neeson hasn’t quite come around to the idea of his son acting though. His son explains, “My dad says, ‘Please, can you just be a farmer or a bartender or something?'” Micheal still respects his father though and cites him as a source for helping him get his act together. “It took him years to make it,” he dished. “He’s an inspiration. He’s a hardworking man… I respect that.”


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