Following the tragic death of his mum Natasha Richardson, Liam Neeson's son, Michael, admitted he abused drugs and alcohol in an attempt to cope with the family tragedy.

19-year-old Michael, who was just 13 when his mum passed away, opened up about the effect her passing had on him.

Speaking to the Sunday Times Style magazine, the teen said: "When it happened it was devastating. But in my mind, subconsciously, I either pushed it out or stored it deep inside. And so, within the next week I was like, 'OK, get on with my life."

Michael believes he experienced a 'delayed reaction' to his mum's death and admits that once he hit his late teens, he began to spiral out of control, admitting: "I couldn't leave my house. I was unmotivated, couldn't wake up in the morning. It was dark. I hit rock bottom and couldn't do anything."

Revealing that he sought solace in drugs and alcohol, the Taken star's son said that people attempted to attribute his behaviour to the death of his mum, but Michael was in denial, recalling: "And I was, like, 'No,it isn't. I just like to party." 

Realising that his party lifestyle had spiralled out of control, the teen asked for help and received it from wilderness therapy in Utah.

Crediting both the therapy and his father's work ethic for his newfound sobriety, the teen said: "It took him [Liam] years to make it. He's an inspiration. He's a hard-working man, his mindset is still like his parents, I respect that."

Michael admits that he's slowly getting his life back on track and is currently making a name for himself with a fashion gallery in London.




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