Shia Labeouf came back to the fore in a big way.
The actor’s personal woes – including being accused of abuse by ex FKA twigswho is suing him for sexual assault, sexual assault and emotional distress – made him persona non grata, but he reappeared in the middle of his career decline. In the past 24 hours, he has broken his silence on the dark days around the abuse allegations and revealed he has turned to religion – especially Catholicism – to turn his life around. He also assumes Olivia Wilde after the don’t worry darling director said this week that she from this movie due to his “fighting energy”. He says he quit, providing text messages and emails to make his point.
Friday, the Transformers The actor called out Wilde, denying he was fired as production on the film began in August 2020 and providing alleged emails and text exchanges between them asking him to reconsider leaving the project.
“There was never a layoff, Olivia,” LaBeouf wrote in a new email to Wilde and obtained by Variety following Wilde’s interview pretending just that on the way out days earlier. “And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing this story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that comes with it. That’s not the truth. So I humbly ask, as someone who cares correctly, that you correct the narrative as best you can.”
Wilde had said the actor was fired to ensure the ‘safety’ of the film’s star, Florence Pugh, and she wished him ‘health and growth because I believe in restorative justice’ amid allegations of ‘abuse. LaBeouf’s email to Wilde claims he “left the film due to lack of rehearsal time” under the second director. He sent Wilde – and Variety – screenshots of their August 2020 texts in which he said he should step down as Jack. The role of Jack was later recast with Harry Styles, whom Wilde has been dating since fall 2020.
LaBeouf also handed over a video Wilde allegedly sent her two days after claiming he quit in which she said she was “not ready to give up” and described herself as “heartbroken” by LaBeouf’s decision. In the video, Wilde alluded to the tension between LaBeouf and Pugh, who stars in the film as Alice, wife of Jack’s character, saying, “I think that might be a bit of a red flag. for Miss Flo” and talked about trying to get Pugh to “really commit” and put “his mind and heart into ‘the project’ in an effort to get the co-stars to ‘make peace’. ( Pugh is rumored to be unhappy with Wilde on the don’t worry darling production, but has not said so publicly. Wilde congratulated her in the Variety story.)
LaBeouf’s email to Wilde also touched on his issues with Twigs. He said Wilde claiming he was fired, when he says he wasn’t, hurts him professionally as he tries to “get out of the hole I dug with my behaviors”.
“My failures with Twigs are fundamental and real,” he wrote, “but they are not the narrative that was presented. There is a time and a place to deal with such things, and I try to navigate a nuanced situation with respect for her and the truth, hence my silence. But this situation with your film and my “firing” will never have a court date to deal with the facts. If the lies are enough repeated in public, they become the truth. And so, it makes it all the more difficult for me to get out of the hole that I dug with my behaviors, in order to be able to provide for my family.”
In the email, he also described himself as ‘627 days’ sober and confirmed he was married to Mia Goth, sharing their welcomed a girl, Isabel, five months ago. He said that he and his Nymphomaniac co-starring “journey to a healthy family with love and mutual respect.”
LaBeouf wrote about his family to illustrate a similar point Wilde made in his interview when discussing how his public custody dispute with ex Jason Sudeikis primarily hurts their children.
“I know you’re starting your press run for DWD and that the news of my dismissal is attractive bait, as I am still persona non grata and could remain so for the rest of my life,” he wrote. “But, speaking of my daughter, I think often to the press articles she will read when she becomes literate. And though I owe and owe for the rest of my life, I only owe for my actions.”
Just before LaBeouf hit out at Wilde over his firing allegations, he sat down for a newly released interview, published Thursday, in which he spoke about what has been a dark time for him since Twigs left. made his allegations. The singer’s December 2020 court filing also contained allegations of abuse from Karolyn Pho, a stylist LaBeouf dated from 2010 to 2011, claiming he inflicted physical and emotional abuse. Singer/director Both also showed up to support Twigs’ claims, saying she was “emotionally hurt by Shia, a pathological liar, who swindled me into an adulterous relationship”. Around this time, LaBeouf also faces misdemeanor battery and petty theft charges resulting from a June 2020 confrontation with an unidentified man. (Otherwise it has a long history of arrests.)
LaBeouf said on Bishop Barron Presents, “I didn’t want to be an actor anymore, and my life was a complete mess. I had hurt a lot of people, and I felt deep shame and deep guilt.”
He said, “At this point, I’m nuclear. Nobody wants to talk to me, including my mom. My manager isn’t calling. The agent isn’t calling. I’m no longer connected to the company.” He said his “life was on fire” and “a mess”.
He said it was really dark and he was considering killing himself.
“I had a gun on the table. I was out of here,” he said. “I didn’t want to be alive when all this happened. A shame like I’ve never felt before – the kind of shame that you forget how to breathe. You don’t know where to go. You can’t go out and get , like, a taco.” Luckily, he added, “I was also in this deep desire to hold on.”
He alluded to “the woman who accused me of all this,” saying he “wanted to go on Twitter and write all these things…I wanted to justify all of this and explain. Now I see that… the woman saved my life”. She was, for me, a saint in my life. She saved my life.”
He said he had since let go of the “old me” and recognized that “my life had caused great suffering and damage to other people”.
While studying for his role as a priest in the biopic Father Pio – which will premiere in competition at the Venice Days film festival which is in association with the Venice Film Festival – he said he found religion and has since committed himself to Roman Catholicism while he is still new to him.
“The handshake had taken place. I was already there, I had nowhere to go,” he said. “It was the last stop of the train.”
LaBeouf continued, “I know now that God was using my ego to draw me to him,” he said. “To get away from worldly desires. Everything was happening simultaneously. But there would have been no impetus for me to get in my car, to get in [to the monastery] if I didn’t think, ‘Oh, I’m going to save my career.'”
Amid allegations of abuse in 2020, LaBeouf told the New York Times, “I have been violent to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a habit of hurting the people closest to me.” However, he added that “many” of the allegations made against him were false, but he owed the women involved “the opportunity to go public with their statements and accept responsibility for what I did”.
He began treatment, including for his alcoholism, following the claims and the lawsuit. He was also sentenced to court-ordered therapy and anger management for its battery box in 2021.
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