Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ wife, Mara Lane, shared some sad updates on Instagram Sunday: She had a miscarriage, and her husband “took the news particularly not so well,” she said.
The Vikings actor, who’s struggled with alcoholism publicly in the past, has relapsed, she said.
His behavior was captured recently in unflattering paparazzi photos that Lane addressed in her post: “I feel that whomever took photos of my husband was slightly in the wrong and was concerned for the wrong reasons but … it’s ok. Maybe you have/had a family to feed and need/needed money? I don’t know. We forgive you.”
In the rest of the emotional message, she detailed the couple’s struggle with the miscarriage, and other demons.
“With much sadness, we open our hearts to share that J and I lost our second child, who was baking in the oven,” she wrote on her Instagram account, @thelionandthelambchop. “Depression is a real concern from past abuse as well as alcoholism which he was born with. He has been able to turn any ugliness and hurt in his life into art and is the strongest person I know. I do not know anyone who has been through what he has been through and reached his level of successes. It does seem though that every time we seem to be making so much progress… sometimes it’s like two steps forward, one step back.”
Lane continued, thanking the “lovely kind beautiful people” who have shown support. However, she knows that there are people who don’t understand her family’s struggle.
“To some others, my husband is an Irishman who battles alcoholism and depression and drank between jobs to try to cope with the sadness of this news. I am trying to and still learning/adjusting to living with the public, like one would as a concerned mother-in-law.”
But she told her followers that Rhys Meyers is taking the right steps toward recovery.
“He is safe and with his sober living companion and bodyguard to get into a detox closer to home since he was denied hospital help twice in Ireland because of an already two month wait period,” she said.
She closed her message on a positive note: “Life is life. Life is beautiful. Life is tough sometimes though so let’s try not looking down at someone unless we intend on helping them up.” She also sent love to those in areas affected by storms.
The message was signed “With Love, M&J”
Lane and Rhys Meyers welcomed a son, Wolf, earlier this year.
USA TODAY has reached out to Rhys Meyers’ representative for comment.