Zac Efron Talks About His Addiction, Still Won’t Come Clean About That Skid Row Thing

Zac Efron attending premiere in gray suit April 2014I have good news and I have bad news, you guys. The good news is, Zac Efron is speaking openly and honestly about his addiction and the fact that he’ll be struggling with it the rest of his life. And the bad news is, I’m afraid he’s still not telling the truth about what was really going on when he was attacked in Skid Row last month.

Obviously we’d all prefer that Zac didn’t have to struggle with addiction at all, but the fact that he’s able to talk about it openly is a good sign. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Zac spoke about Alcoholics Anonymous, sharing that he attends regular meetings:

“I think it’s changed my life. I’m much more comfortable in my own skin. Things are so much easier now.”

That’s great to hear, as is the fact that Zac is self-aware enough to realize that his movement toward recovery is going to be ‘a never-ending struggle.’ And it’s also nice to see that he realizes that fame is absolutely a factor in his addiction, recognizing that becoming famous at a young age is a high-risk environment for developing issues with substance abuse:

“You have to accept the moments of glory but also a great responsibility. And that responsibility, to some degree, involves being a role model. At the same time, I’m a human being, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned from each one.”

Okay yes. Great so far. But now let’s talk about one of those mistakes in particular, when you were punched in the face by a vagrant in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles, an area notorious for drug-related transactions, and that Zac didn’t ever come up with a believable excuse to be visiting. But let’s see how he does now.

“We were having trouble finding somewhere [to eat] — a lot of places were closed — and the car ran out of gas off the 110. It was ridiculous. We had to pull over, and I called Uber.”

Ummm so far you’re asking us to believe that 1. you ran completely out of gas and 2. that you were ready to take Uber and fully abandon your car there. But it goes on, with Zac continuing to tell the same story we’ve heard, where when they were waiting, a ‘homeless guy, or vagrant, tapped on the driver’s-side window.’

“Before I knew it, [my friend] was out of the car, and they started fighting. I saw that [the homeless man] was carrying some sort of a knife, or shank, and I got out of the car to disarm him. At some point, he dropped the knife, and I got hit pretty hard in the face — and almost instantly the police were there to break up the fight.”

Alright dude. If you don’t want to come clean to the public, you don’t have to, but no part of this story rings true to me. Especially after your bodyguard tried to take the fall for you by saying you saved him from being stabbed, I’m just so suspicious about this whole thing.

Like I said, I appreciate that Zac is speaking openly about some of this stuff, because admitting he has a problem is crucial to the recovery process, but we’re not stupid, dude. Skid Row isn’t known as a big culinary hotspot, and if your driver is seriously dumb enough to run out of gas in an area that bad, with your sobriety on the line, then you need to get yourself a new driver.

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    • Olivia Wilson

      Aren’t all of the finest eateries are vying for real estate on Skid Row??

    • JoeBee

      Okay, so to be devil’s advocate a bit (and because I know the general area where this occurred after living in LA for a few years and spending a bunch of time in downtown…): I think parts of his story are very possible. First off, the media is generalizing the area quite a bit when they says he was in “Skid Row.” If he was coming off the 110, he was on the west side of downtown LA, but Skid Row is on the other side of the Historic Core. When you get into the 110-side of DTLA, there is a number of higher-end restaurants and bars (and LA Live, LA Convention Center, and the Disney Concert Hall). That’s also where almost all of the freeways in LA converge, and a lot of people who aren’t used to driving through there when there’s traffic can easily run out of gas sitting on the freeway. As soon as you pull off, the underpasses surrounding the on- and off-ramps are tent cities (at times). And there are so many bold and “friendly” vagrants (God bless the beautiful weather?) that I wouldn’t be surprised if one came up to the car when it just pulled over. Still a bit shady, and I definitely wouldn’t bounce in an Uber car and leave my car on the streets of DTLA, let alone get out of my car when a homeless person approached it… but I have an easier time believing some of the details… :-P

      • Firecrotch

        When you consider the facts that he threw a vodka bottle out of the car, and his “bodyguard” is a convicted drug dealer, well…..