Tom Hanks' son Chet says he did not have a 'strong male role model'

‘America’s Dad’ slammed by his own child: Tom Hanks’ son Chet, 31, claims he didn’t have a ‘strong male role model’ growing up as he reflects on pressure of having famous parents

  • Chet said he struggled as a teenager growing up in the shadow of his famous parents
  • He complained he didn’t have a ‘strong male role model’ in his life to help him navigate bullies 
  •  Hanks and Rita Wilson – who have been married 33 years – have two sons together: Chet and Truman, 25
  • The Forrest Gump star also has a son Colin, 43, and daughter Elizabeth Ann, 38, from a previous relationship
  • Chet, who has endured numerous controversies in recent years, is launching a new personal training business

Tom Hanks – who is widely considered ‘America’s Dad’ and a beloved ‘normal guy’ in Hollywood – has been criticized by his own son. 

Chet, 31, claimed he did not have a ‘strong male role model’ during his teens while he was struggling with the pressures of having celebrity parents.

Hanks and his wife of 33 years Rita Wilson, both 65, have two sons together – Chet and Truman, 25. The Forrest Gump star also has a son Colin, 43, and daughter Elizabeth Ann, 38, from a previous relationship.  

Although Chet assured the public that ‘I love my parents’ and ‘wouldn’t want any different parents,’ he confessed having a famous family is ‘a double-edged sword.’

He said many people had ‘contempt’ for him as a movie star’s child, and while trying to navigate the ‘s***-talking’ and the ‘d***-riders,’ he lacked ‘a strong male role model’ who could have told him: ”Hey, bro, f*** these people. They are just jealous of you.”

Looking back: Tom Hanks’ son Chet claimed he did not have a ‘strong male role model’ during his teens while he coped with the pressures of having celebrity parents

‘America’s Dad’: Tom Hanks and Chet are pictured at Madison Square Garden in 2015

He shared that ‘my experience was even more complicated because on top of fame already being toxic, I wasn’t even famous. You know, 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, a lot of contempt for me.’

Chet, who is launching a personal training business, shared that while his father was ‘on this pedestal,’ he himself was ‘assumed’ to be ‘a really arrogant, entitled spoiled brat even though I really wasn’t.’

During his high school and college years ‘people would make up their minds about me before they even got a chance to know me and it was extremely hard to break down their walls so I encountered a lot of disdain, a lot of animosity, a lot of negativity because everybody was just prepared to hate my guts.’

As a result he wound up with ‘a chip on my shoulder’ and formed a ‘hard exterior’  because of the ‘anger’ he was harboring.

He recalled that ‘people did kinda f*** with me a lot growing up. It was never to my face. It was always behind my back, in the forms of like gossip and s***-talking.’

At the time he was also fielding ‘d***-riders’ who ‘didn’t give a f***ing s*** about me’ but were ‘just infatuated with the idea of hanging around f***ing Tom Hanks’ son.’

The experience left him ‘distrustful’ and ‘defensive’ and ‘led me down the wrong path because I felt I had something to prove. I felt that I had to be this bad motherf***er so that people wouldn’t f*** with me, and I would rather be intimidating to other people than allow people to try to intimidate me.’

Although this tactic ‘worked for awhile’ he was set ‘down a path of self-destruction through my 20s’ – but now at 31 ‘I don’t really have anything to prove anymore.’ 

Benefit of hindsight: What he failed to grasp at the time was that ‘the reason I was dealing with all this animosity’ was in part ‘because people were jealous’

Talk about it: Chet Hanks admitted all kinds of privileges that came along with the star-studded status as he boasted about being ‘blessed’ to travel the world and stay in luxurious digs thanks to his parents’ careers

What he failed to grasp at the time was that ‘the reason I was dealing with all this animosity’ was in part ‘because people were jealous.’

Chet said that in addition to having a world-famous father he was not ‘a timid, you know, kid who just wanted to blend in and stay out of the spotlight, then I wouldn’t have been a factor. People woulda been like: ‘Oh, Chet Hanks? Tom Hanks’ kid? Yeah, whatever, he’s cool, like yeah, he’s a cool guy, whatever.”

Proud parents: Chet is the son of Hollywood icons Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who also have a son named Truman. Tom has son Colin and daughter Elizabeth with late ex-wife Samantha Lewes; seen in 2020

However he ‘was a decent-looking kid, you know, I was athletic, I was good with girls’ and that in combination with ‘the fame aspect’ made people ‘jealous of me and they were projecting their own insecurities onto me.’

Chet asserted: ‘I needed to hear that as a kid. I didn’t have like a strong male role model to tell me that, to tell me: ‘Hey, bro, f*** these people. They’re just jealous of you. You have all these things that they want so they’re trying to f***ing throw their shade at you so that you can feel s***y about yourself because they’re jealous.” 

During the same video he admitted all kinds of privileges that came along with the star-studded status as he boasted about being ‘blessed’ to travel the world and stay in luxurious digs thanks to his parents’ careers.

Chet took to YouTube with a new video series where he praised his mom and dad for his upbringing while talking about a few of the ‘advantages’ he received being the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

‘There’s a lot of advantages, but sometimes it can be pretty weird,’ he said. ‘I got to do a lot of cool s**t that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do. 

‘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.’ 

Chet, an anti-vaxxer, has been plagued by controversy in recent years. 

He is the subject of civil action from Kiana Parker, who is seeking damages for assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a suit she filed in April last year, a month after the White Boy Summer hitmaker filed his own lawsuit against his former lover for theft, assault, conversion and battery.

‘There’s a lot of advantages, but sometimes it can be pretty weird,’ he said. ‘I got to do a lot of cool s**t that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do’

At the time, Chet’s lawyer, Marty Singer, has branded Kiana’s allegations ‘false, fabricated and fictional’.

He told The Daily Beast in a statement: ‘We consider the claims filed by Kiana Parker to be a shakedown… Her claims are completely false, fabricated and fictional.’

Kiana’s lawyers, D’Angelo Lowe and Kevin Murray, branded Chet a ‘clear and present danger’ to their client in a press conference outside the Fort Bend County Justice Center in Richmond, Texas.

Kevin added: ‘This is about violence within the confines of a relationship between a man and a woman, a man who mentally and physically and psychologically battered Kiana Parker.

In an affidavit obtained by People magazine, Kiana accused Chet of being physically violent on several occasions, as well as verbally abusive.

She singled out one incident that she said took place in New Orleans – where the actor was filming ‘Your Honor’ – in October 2020 and told how they had an argument and Chet allegedly ‘grabbed me by the wrist forcefully pulled me into him telling me we were going back to the [hotel] room.’

In the hotel, she claimed her then-partner ‘became aggressive and hostile about what transpired earlier’ and ‘started harassing me verbally and forcefully shoving me.’

Her attempts to leave were blocked by Chet, who she alleged ‘threw a bottle’ at her before ‘grabbing’ her and ‘dragging’ her away from the door.

And Kiana accused Chet of threatening to kill her during a row at their Texas home in December 2020.

She explained in her documents that she feared for the safety of her nine-year-old twins so took them to her mother’s home, as well as hiding Chet’s gun so he couldn’t access it.

Kiana claimed the Empire actor was ‘verbally abusive and threatening’ when she told him she wanted to split, and when he finally agreed, she moved to a hotel but Chet became ‘extremely aggressive’ after she returned to their house to remove her belongings a few days later on 8 January.

And Kiana alleged Chet came at her with a knife while she was in the kitchen before she ‘picked up a pot and swung it in the air in front of me’ and was able to rush out of the house.

While she tried to record the altercation on her phone, Chet ‘wrestled and pulled up [her] arms’ in an attempt to get the device, and then ‘kicked [her] legs and caused her to fall as he dragged her across the pavement.’

According to the lawsuit, Kiana sought and obtained a protective order against the actor less than a week later on 14 January.

In his own lawsuit, Chet has accused Kiana of stealing ‘money from him to pay for her travel expenses and travel expenses for her friend’ as well as money she’d used to pay her rent totalling more than $5,000.

He also addressed the events of 8 January, alleging his former partner came to the house with ‘three menacing large men,’ one of whom ‘showed that he had a gun.’ He went on to state Kiana had walked toward him ‘holding a pot and a knife’ and ‘smashed [him] over the face with the pot and cut him with the knife.’

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