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Shia LaBeouf reveals he was diagnosed with PTSD as result of Disney fame

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Shia LaBeouf wearing a black shirt: Shia LaBeouf in 2019. © Getty Shia LaBeouf in 2019. Shia LaBeouf has opened about his private struggle after catapulting to fame as a child star.

Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, the 33-year-old actor revealed that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as result of his fame, which began when he starred on Disney Channel's Even Stevens. The hit show ran from 2000 until 2003, and his performance earned him a Daytime Emmy in 2003.

In recent years, LaBeouf has made headlines for his eccentric performance art and scrapes with the law. In 2017, while filming The Peanut Butter Falcon in the US city of Savannah, Georgia, the actor got into an altercation with an undercover police officer and was arrested. TMZ later reported a racist outburst he made while in police custody, adding further distress for the star, who later disavowed the comments publicly and vowed never to drink again. A judge allowed him to finish the film, but after filming wrapped he reported to court-ordered rehab in Connecticut for an open-ended stay in lieu of seven-years in prison.

"It was the first time I was told I had PTSD," LaBeouf said of her experience in rehab. "I had just thought I was an alcoholic." 

Donna Pescow, Tom Virtue, Shia LaBeouf, Christy Carlson Romano, Nick Spano posing for a photo: The Cast of 'Even Stevens': Donna Pescow as © Disney Channel via Getty Images The Cast of 'Even Stevens': Donna Pescow as

LeBouf, who currently stars in Honey Boy, which he penned and is based off his childhood and tumultuous relationship with his father, also addressed how his early success made him feel pressure to provide for his family as a young man.

"In a very simple way, to me, having money meant having a family. The more money I had, the more I could have my family around. That's just how I equated it," he said.

"My dad wasn't around for a lot of my life because he was chasing cash. And my mother wasn't around because she was chasing cash. And I just looked at capitalism as the reason my family didn't work out and the reason their marriage failed. I looked at it as an economic thing. They loved each other deeply, and all of their fighting came from money, and so I just thought, 'Well, if we had money, there'd be no fighting and I'd have a family. This is what created this hustle in me.'" 

After his Disney success, LaBeouf went on to star in the box office hits Holes (2003), Disturbia (2007), and the Transformers franchise, but he felt increasingly unchallenged.

a woman looking at the camera: Shia LaBeouf stars in gritty new film inspired by his life. Shia LaBeouf stars in gritty new film inspired by his life.

"There was no acting going on for the huge front half of my career," he recalled. "This was all just my personality exhibited on a camera."

These days, LaBeouf has reinvented himself as an indie film darling, going for gritty, character-driven roles, including Honey Boy, where he plays his own father.

"Everything that's in the film happened," he said of the project.

On eschewing big budget Hollywood films, he said, "I was trying to earn my father. I was trying to shake off Disney. I was trying to shake off blockbusters. And I was trying to work with people who f----- with me."

Honey Boy will be released by Amazon on November 8.

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