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Tom Hanks' son Chet says he didn't have a "strong male role model" growing up

Tom Hanks' son Chet says he didn't have a "strong male role model" growing up

Chet Hanks shared that he had to endure disrespect from his peers due to his fame, wealth, and was heartbreakingly perceived as "arrogant, entitled, and spoiled."

Despite having grown up with an Oscar-winning dad, Tom Hanks' son Chet made it clear that he really didn't have anyone to turn to. The reason, he explained was his celebrity kid status. "I didn’t have a strong male role model to tell me … 'Bro, f**k these people. They are just jealous of you,'" expressed the 31-year-old on a video uploaded on his YouTube channel. 

Chet went on to reveal how he had to endure disrespect from his peers due to his fame, wealth, and heartbreakingly being perceived as "arrogant, entitled and spoiled." He continued, "You have all these things that they want, so they are trying to f**king throw their shade at you so you can feel s**tty about yourself because they are jealous.' I needed to hear that."



 

In a bid to console his younger self, he said, "I didn’t have anyone to tell me that. This is me now telling the younger version of myself what I needed to hear then." What's more, people would "make up their minds" about the White Boy Summer rapper before even getting a chance to know him personally. Thus, he had to work twice as hard just to break their perception of him.

"It was extremely hard to break down their walls," he expressed. "So, I encountered a lot of disdain, a lot of animosity and negativity because everybody was just prepared to hate my guts." He went on to share that due to his "hard exterior" and the ability to intimidate others, most of his haters never had the nerve to confront him or say awful things to his face. 



 

"People kinda did f**k with me a lot growing up. It was never to my face. It was always behind my back in the forms of gossip and s**t-talking," he shared according to Page Six. That being said, Chet clarified that he understands their resentful reaction to him growing up with privilege as they weren't as fortunate. "There’s a lot of advantages, but sometimes it can be pretty weird. I got to do a lot of cool s–t that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do," he noted. 

"I got to travel the world, stay in nice hotels, fly on private planes, and I’m very blessed for that. I wouldn’t change my situation," he confessed. "My experience was even more complicated because, on top of fame already being toxic, I wasn’t even famous. I was just the son of somebody famous, so I hadn’t even done anything to deserve any sort of recognition, and that created a lot of contempt," he added. 

Cover image source: Getty | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer

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