Steve-O has opened up on what his biggest regret right now is with regards to the ongoing situation with Bam Margera.
Bam has been struggling with addiction for some time now, and Steve-O – who has had his own battles on that front – tried to offer some friendly help and advice by taking Margera out on tour with him recently.
However, after managing to stay sober for many of the dates, Bam relapsed and shared an Instagram post attacking Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine – which Steve-O recognised as a sign that he was drinking at the time.
Steve-O himself then responded to the message with a comment that concluded with the message: “You’re dying, brother, and it sucks that I can’t do anything to save you.”
However, he now regrets that post after it went massively viral.
On a recent podcast, the former Jackass star explained how everything went down, before revealing that his partner Lux was the one who made him realise that he shouldn’t have brought the whole thing more public than it already was.
He explained: “I posted this comment on Bam’s Instagram because I had just had him on tour with me for 10 days, we did nine shows together, he was really pretty great the whole time, and the whole time he was telling me ‘Dude will you reach out to [Bam’s former partner] Nicky and see if I can spend the day with Phoenix?’.
“Sure enough, on that last day Bam was reunited with his son, we all spent the day together [and] it was a great day, we did the last show that night and it was a big deal because Bam had been practising opening up the show with me.
“Not only did he go out on stage by himself he brought his five-year-old boy with him, and it was this heart-warming wonderful thing.”
However, things took a turn for the worse later.
Steve-O continued: “For him to go and leave the theatre that night and come like four, five, six in the morning he’s posting hateful stuff about Knoxville and Tremaine, it’s like ‘really dude?’
“You know what that means every time. He admitted that it was because he was drunk.
“I was so bummed. I was equally as disappointed as I was unsurprised. It also felt like I beared [sic] some responsibility…
“It was bugging me all day, and his hateful post have been up for 22 hours, so I go ahead and right this comment on there.
“That comment had been up for two minutes and the post that I commented on had been up for 22 hours, plus it was on Bam’s secondary Instagram.
“The next day, TMZ reaches out ‘hey is this real?’”
It was, but after speaking with his fiancé Lux Wright, who told him that he shouldn’t make that sort of thing public, he deleted it.
Still, it was out there.
“It wasn’t my goal to make all that happen,” he said. “But, it’s how I feel.”
The full post read: “Bam, last night you had your five-year-old son with you on stage at my show, and you were blessed with the chance to spend another day or two with him — then as soon as you left my show, you stayed up all night getting loaded enough to think it was a good idea to post more vile nonsense like this.
“I hope you understand how awful that is. You say you want to have a relationship with your son, but your actions guarantee the exact opposite will happen.
“I brought you on tour with me in hopes that I could get you to see what’s possible for you if you choose recovery. I’ve tried everything I can, but I can’t force you to get honest and do the work of recovery.
“I wish you could know how much I’ve hated feeling braced for news of your death, but you’re making it clear that I have no other choice.”
“You’re dying, brother, and it sucks that I can’t do anything to save you.”
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