While Bam Margera made headlines as one of the outrageous cohosts on MTV’s Jackass, he has admittedly struggled over the years.
“It just seems like everything at one point came crashing down,” Margera — real name Brandon Cole Margera — said during an April 2016 appearance on Family Therapy With Dr. Jenn, revealing his struggles with substance abuse. “That’s when it wasn’t even drinking for the fun or for the social part of it. It was just drinking because [of] total depression, kinda.”
At the time, the former skateboarder noted that the death of his MTV costar Ryan Dunn was a contributing factor. “[It was] just the fact of [me] just being completely lost,” Margera added. “Like, ‘Everything sucks, and the only thing that doesn’t suck is this bottle of Johnnie Walker.’”
Margera completed several treatment programs over the years, ultimately reaching one year of sobriety in May 2022. The next month, he reportedly fled an in-patient treatment facility in Florida after allegedly disliking the program.
Margera got sober in August 2023, two months after meeting now-fiancée Dannii Marie.
Scroll below to relive Margera’s highs and lows: