Even though Dax Shepard went through a lot in 2020, he still thinks it was a “great year.”
Shepard, who is 45 years old, said earlier this fall that he had relapsed after being sober for 16 years. The former “Parenthood” star had a setback when he was given Vicodin for his motorcycle accident and the surgeries he needed because of it. But when Shepard thinks back on the hard year, he still thinks it was a good one.
“I feel guilty saying this, but I still loved this year immensely,” he said on his podcast “Armchair Expert.” “I loved this year. I had a great year.”
His wife, Kristen Bell, told him that everyone has had a hard year because of the pandemic and that they’re all going to be okay.“lucky.”
“I think we’re very lucky to say that,” she added, “because we’re not out of work and we’re not looking at eviction and we’re not struggling to put food on the table.”
Shepard still thought positively about his struggles and said, “I’m saying, though, even with two surgeries and a relapse and shame spiral and all this stuff, still a great year for me.”
The “Chips” star also said that without Bell and his podcast co-host Monica Padman, he wouldn’t have made it through.
Dax Shepard said that his new look was due to testosterone injections.
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis alerted him to the risks of testosterone injections after Dax Shepard revealed (via Us Weekly) that they can worsen pre-existing prostate tumors or benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and cause heart issues, such as heart attack and/or stroke, as well as blood clots and liver issues (via Healthline).
“I spent my whole life as a medium boy and now I’m a big boy and I like it. Mentally, I love it because it makes me far more on fire to be alive. I was depressed after ‘CHIPS.’ I was literally retiring, that was the plan, I’m out,” he continued. “I started going on testosterone and two months later I started this podcast … All of a sudden, I was on fire to work. I was like, ‘I like this version. This is the version I enjoy.'”
The actor has talked about his health in the past.
Dax Shepard has been open about his struggles with drug abuse for years, so it’s not surprising that the “Bless This Mess” star was honest about his change during quarantine. Shepard went on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in September 2020 and told the talk show host that he had relapsed after being sober for 16 years.
“I did not want to at all. I had all kinds of bizarre fears, like, I have sponsors on my show, is that something that could cost me money, financially?”
“The number one thing I was afraid to lose as I get so much esteem out of being someone who’s vocally sober and I have people who write me, ‘I’m month one,’ or ‘I’m week two,’ and I love that,” he continued. “That’s my favorite thing about being in public, so I was just terrified I would lose that. I really cherish that.”
Shepard was afraid to tell people about his relapse, but a friend gently pushed him to do so.”I have a good friend that said, ‘You know if your real goal is to help people, it’s not very helpful that you’re 16 years sober and married to Kristen Bell … So the fact that you just fell, that’s the actual value,'” Shepard said. “So when it was framed that way to me, it got a lot easier.”