American actor-filmmaker Shia Labeouf has been facing legal troubles for the past few years and confesses to having suicidal thoughts after his strings of controversies surfaced in the media and has become a Catholic and a member of the Roman Catholic Church after studying for his upcoming film ‘Padre Pio’.
The 36-year-old actor is popularly known for portraying his role as Sam Witwicky (the main protagonist) in the Transformers series. He is also a filmmaker who made his directorial debut with the short film Let’s Love Hate and later helmed Maniac starring American rappers Cage and Kid Cudi.
Shia Labeouf was Ready to Commit Suicide
The actor recently talked about his spiritual journey with Bishop Robert Barron for his Word on Fire series and opened up about his dark times including the suicidal thoughts which happened due to many things that were going on in his life. Shia LaBeouf shared how his world crumbled down with several things, “At this point I’m nuclear.”
He also stated how everyone has secluded him and does not want to involve himself in the industry. ”Nobody wants to talk to me, including my mother. My manager’s not calling. The agent’s not calling. I’m not connected to the business anymore.”
While things were not getting any better, he wanted to get away by committing suicide, “I had a gun on the table. I was outta here,” adding, “I didn’t want to be alive anymore when all this happened. Shame like I had never experienced before — the kind of shame that you forget how to breathe. You don’t know where to go. You can’t go outside and get like a, a taco.”
Catholicism Saved The Actor from Suicidal Thoughts
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The actor shared how becoming a Catholic saved him from suicidal thoughts. He talked about how he was drawn to the religion after researching for his upcoming film Padre Pio which is about the 20th-century controversial Italian saint. The actor will be seen playing the titular character in the movie.
He shared how people struggling similarly helped him to give hope stating, “It was seeing other people who had sinned beyond anything I could even conceptualize also being found in Christ that made me feel like, ‘Okay, that gives me hope.'”
Back in 2020, his ex-girlfriend ex, musician FKA twigs filed a lawsuit blaming him for “relentless abuse,” sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress. Though the actor has denied the charges with the trial scheduled for 17 April 2023.