Armie Hammer confesses that he feels “grateful” after his accusations of cannibalism and his time in rehabilitation | People

Armie Hammer confesses that he feels “grateful” after his accusations of cannibalism and his time in rehabilitation | People
Armie Hammer confesses that he feels “grateful” after his accusations of cannibalism and his time in rehabilitation | People

It’s been more than three and a half years since Hollywood was left speechless after learning of allegations about one of its royals. Armie Hammer (Santa Monica, United States, 37 years old), well-known actor, imminent heartthrob and descendant of a millionaire American family, was accused at the end of 2020 of cannibalism by one of his ex-partners; Then came the complaints of harassment, although after an investigation the Los Angeles prosecutor’s office did not file charges. He retired from public life, took a step back professionally (he left projects like a series about The Godfather and a film with Jennifer Lopez) and the personal (divorcing his wife and mother of his two children) and hid in the Cayman Islands. There are hardly any images of him since then. But, now, there is his voice and his statements.

Almost a year and a half ago, at the beginning of February 2023, Hammer commented on his situation for the first time through the weekly digital magazine Air Mail, where he wanted to “acknowledge mistakes” and declared himself “a bastard and selfish”: “I used people to make me feel better.” But now he has gone a step further and, although he still does not show his face, he has agreed to a conversation on a podcast, called Painful Lessons (Painful Lessons), for a chapter titled Armie Hammer breaks his silence: overcoming adversity and finding inner peace. With some pain but now with a little more lightness than in his statements 16 months ago, Hammer speaks about the matter even with disbelief. “People called me a cannibal and everyone believed them. “They were like, ‘Yeah, that guy ate people.’ But what? What are you talking about? Do you know what you have to do to be a cannibal? You have to eat people! But how can I be a cannibal? It was all very strange,” he explains.

In early 2021, a woman with whom he had had relations accused Hammer of sending her messages in which he told them that he was “100% cannibal.” “I want to eat you,” she continued. “Damn, it’s scary to admit it. I’ve never admitted it before. “I have cut out the heart of a live animal before and eaten it while it was still hot.” In another he read: “It makes me horny to think about holding your heart in your hand and controlling it when it beats.” Now, however, he wants to clarify all that, but without going into denial or accusations and contradictions. “There were things people said about me that were very bizarre… like he was a cannibal. Now I’m able to look at it with distance and perspective and say: it’s hilarious.”

Hammer admits that, at first, he felt some resentment, but that now he is closer to gratitude. “Despite the discrepancies, no matter what people said… I am now in a place where I feel truly grateful for it, because what was in my life before all this happened did not make me feel good.. “I was never at a point where I was happy with myself, where I had self-esteem, I never knew how to love myself,” he says in the episode. The nine months he spent in rehab in 2021 also helped him get out of the tunnel.

Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers at the Golden Globes after-party in Beverly Hills, California on January 7, 2018.Chris Pizzello (Invision/AP/Lapresse)

However, those moments were also very hard for him. For him, after “hitting rock bottom,” all that became “the death of the ego, of the acting career,” which he is now trying to recover by writing a script. “A neutron bomb exploded in my life,” defines all that. “He murdered me. It murdered my ego. He murdered all those people around me that I thought were friends and they weren’t. All those people, in the blink of an eye, vanished, but the buildings remained standing. I’m still here. I am healthy, and I am very grateful for it,” he confesses.

He says that at that time he had suicidal thoughts and that he thought he couldn’t take it anymore, because of so much hate he was receiving. “I was on the shore and I swam far, far away and stayed there… a half-hearted suicide attempt. But I thought I couldn’t do it, because of my children,” he explains, referring to Harper Grace, nine, and Ford Douglas Armand, seven, whom he had with Elizabeth Chambers, from whom he is divorced and about whom he does not speak in the podcast, and that when the scandal broke she claimed to feel “devastated” and put herself at the service of all victims of abuse.

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