At just five years of age, actress Jodie Sweetin found fame on the small screen when she nabbed the part of Stephanie Tanner on the hit show Full House. Her character on the show was beloved by fans. She was known for her sassy attitude, killer dance moves and her adorable catchphrase, "How rude!" Now an adult, Sweetin has found fame once again, as a star of the show’s reboot, Fuller House, which airs on Netflix. Her current new-found success is a welcome sight for the star, who has battled addictions and endured multiple ugly divorces since her childhood days on the set of the iconic series.
The actress has admitted that her young life was turned upside down when the show she grew up being a part of abruptly ended. She has said of its cancellation, “It is kind of hard to figure out who you are when you've lost your job at age thirteen, when that was basically how you identified yourself.” She has also shared, “There is a certain sense of loss when a series ends.”
Maybe it was the abrupt break-up of her TV family that sent Sweetin into a tailspin, or it could have been the pressure of being in the spotlight during the difficult years of early adolescence. Whatever drove Jodie to act out, it’s certain she's had her share of wild times. Sweetin is now the mother of two beautiful little girls, and has worked hard to clean up her image in recent years. She claims she's said goodbye to her partying ways for good. However, a few photos from her past remain that most likely still haunt her. Read on for 15 photos that celeb mom Jodie Sweetin doesn’t want you to see.
15 Wild Child
As previously mentioned, Sweetin has revealed that the end of Full House was the beginning her subsequent downward spiral. Sweetin's costars moved on with other projects after the series was canceled. The Olsen twins particularly experienced extreme success as they ventured out into the show business world and made a slew of adorable tween movies before going on to create a fashion empire.
Sweetin was most definitely the former Full House cast member who struggled the most with readjusting to life after the show ended. She first turned to alcohol to help her deal with her struggle to make sense of the drastic changes in her life.
In her memoir, unSweetined, published in 2009, Sweetin shared details of a particular night in which she found herself spinning out of control. It was the evening of Candace Cameron’s wedding to Valeri Bure. She wrote, "I probably had two bottles of wine, and I was only 14. That first drink gave me the self-confidence I had been searching for my whole life. But that set the pattern of the kind of drinking that I would do."
14 She's A Handful
In a recent candid speech to students at Chapman University, Sweetin shared, “From a very early age, I learned to balance work, life and responsibilities. I lost that ability at around 20, and I had no idea how to balance anything, but when I was 5, I was great at it."
The above photo is of Sweetin and actress Aimee Garcia. The two were participating in an event known as Hollywood Rush, in which celebrities write, rehearse and then perform plays for a live audience within a very short timeframe. Before Fuller House, Sweetin struggled to find acting jobs, and took whatever she could get.
After Full House ended, Sweetin only landed two acting jobs before the end of the 90s. One was on the short lived sitcom Brotherly Love. The other, a short stint on Party of Five. Sweetin began attending regular school once again. She graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 1999, after which she enrolled in Chapman University in Orange, California.
13 Shirtless and Shameless
Jodie had an extremely difficult life very early on, which may have contributed to her eventual addictions. She has been open about the fact that she is adopted. Her biological mother was an addict, and her father was killed in a prison riot. The actress was given up by her mother when she was just 9 months old. Sweetin was eventually taken in and raised by an uncle and his spouse. Her adoptive parents did their best to be there for her during her struggles with addiction, but their efforts were often futile.
In Sweetin’s first semester of college, her GPA was a 0.9. The actress has revealed that Ecstasy was one of her go-to drugs in high school. In college, the coed turned to cocaine more and more to dull the pain she was dealing with and to help her cope with the stresses of adult life.
Sweetin has admitted, "My brain was already so warped by alcoholism that what I told myself was, 'Great, now I can drink and party Monday through Thursday, and I can go home Friday, Saturday and Sunday, relax a little bit, sleep and come back and do it again.' I somehow failed to remember that I was supposed to be going to classes amongst all of this."
12 Unlucky In Love
Sweetin has had been through her share of heartbreak throughout the years, and has joked that she gets husbands instead of tattoos. The star first met and fell in love with Shaun Holguin, a police officer, in 2002 when she was just 20 years old. The two were married in July of that year despite her young age.
Around that time, she reportedly stated, "I don't have any desire to ever act again full time. I don't mind doing occasional guest appearances on shows, but I have other things I'd like to do in my life now. I would like to get into teaching actors and starting a family with Shaun."
A few years after marrying Holguin, Sweetin began using crystal meth. Soon, according to the actress, meth was an “all day every day” addiction. She's also admitted that her law enforcing husband was not aware she was using illicit drugs.
11 High In The Middle Of The Day
The above photo was snapped in 2004 at the movie premier of one of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's movies entitled New York Minute. Many of the photos taken of Sweetin at the event that day show her acting in an erratic and abnormal manner: smiling maniacally, laughing uncontrollably and being overly touchy.
The premier, which took place in the middle of the day, was just one example of just how serious Jodie's addiction to crystal meth had become. After admitting in her book that she was high during the event, she recalled, “I was pulling off the deceit. It was hard for people to believe I was doing that much drugs. I look at photos from that event, and I didn't even look strung out!"
Sweetin was able to keep her drug habits secret for quite some time, and went on functioning relatively normally, but it wouldn't be long before she would no longer be able to pretend that everything was alright.
10 A Public Meltdown
According to Sweetin, her husband had “no idea" that she was completely dependent on drugs. Over time, her secrets were harder and harder to conceal as she lost weight and became more and more distant.
For a long time, she led a double life, hiding her addictions from her friends and family. Soon after graduating from Chapman, she partied too hard and ended up in the hospital. It was then that she told her loved ones she had a problem and needed help.
Sweetin entered Promises in Malibu, an inpatient treatment facility. She stayed for six weeks. Soon afterwards, she and Holguin made the decision to part ways. The split was finalized in February of 2006. At the time, she shared with People, "My husband and I went through some definite trust issues because of all the lying. He and I are going through a divorce, but we're still really good friends. It's not ugly."
9 Rough Times
In 2007, Sweetin was working hard on her recovery, and hosting Pants-Off Dance-Off on Fuse. On set, she met Cody Herpin, who, at the time, was employed as a transportation coordinator. The two hit it off and, after a whirlwind romance, married in July of that year.
The couple welcomed a baby girl named Zoie to the world in April of 2008. Soon afterwards, People ran a story on Sweetin. The magazine’s cover featured the famous headline, “From Meth Addict to Mom.”
She shared with People in her 2008 interview that things were going well for her and her family. She told the mag that she had been able to use the fortune she'd made from Full House to put herself through college, buy a house and, eventually, to pay for rehab. She also revealed in the interview that she still had savings set aside from her days as Stephanie Tanner. Sadly, her seemingly happy life was about to come crumbling down around her once again.
8 Breaking Down
In November of that year, Sweetin filed for legal separation from her second husband. In court documents, she stated that their financial situation was dire: their house was in foreclosure and they couldn’t pay any of their overdue bills.
The two became entangled in a heated custody battle soon afterwards. According to Sweetin, Herpin quit his job right after marrying her, and the couple was living solely off of her Full House earnings and loans from her parents. Herpin later defended himself to People, stating, "I was the stay-at-home dad, my job was taking care of Zoie."
In unSweetined, Jodi wrote that she turned to drugs to deal with the stress of her current situation in 2008. She even admitted that she drove with her daughter in the car after having two glasses of wine. She shared, "That was the big rock bottom. From that day forward, I threw myself into going to AA and avoided people who do blow off their coffee tables.”
7 Bad Boy Baby Daddy
Sweetin and Herpin didn’t finalize their divorce until 2010. According to TMZ, Sweetin has been ordered to pay Herpin $2,000 per month in child support until Zoie turns 18.
In August of 2010, Jodi welcomed her second daughter, Beatrix, to the world. The father? DJ Morty Coyle. Coyle proposed to the actress and author in 2011, and they married in a private ceremony in 2012. The couple did their best to stay out of the spotlight after exchanging vows. Sweetin later told People, "We had wanted to keep it quiet and intimate for a while, but felt that on our first wedding anniversary, it was time to share.”
Sadly, the third time was not the charm for the actress, and she filed for legal separation from Coyle in June of 2013. She hit another low point, relapsed, and, along with her two daughters, moved in with her parents. The once again single mom eventually decided to go back to school to train as a drug and alcohol counselor.
6 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
According to Sweetin, after separating from her third hubby, Coyle started an untrue rumor that she was back in rehab. She told TMZ, "Breakups are hard and certain people don't make them easier. People get weird and stalkerish... You never really know someone until you break up with them."
Sweetin officially filed for divorce from Coyle in 2015. Coyle has since shared with US Weekly, “I wish Jodie all she wants out of life. Just like with Cody we'll all always be co-parents to those precious, loved girls and that's our unorthodox but supportive family forever. Listen to All Day Sucker's new album Denim Days for anything else you may want to know. No hard feelings."
Around this same time, Sweetin began traveling around the country to share her story with college students in the hopes of helping them to avoid her same mistakes. She has stated, "I think that at a time right now when people are so divided and only looking at the differences of all of us, I think it is very important that we all come out and share our stories, no matter how ugly or messy or not perfect they are. I think that when we share our stories and when we share the things that make us human and make us real, that that's really the important stuff."
5 Love On The Rocks
In 2015, Sweetin struck up a romance with Justin Hodak. Her acting career also made a resurgence when it was decided that production would begin on Fuller House. Hodak asked Sweetin to be his wife in January of 2016. Just a month later, Fuller House made it’s debut on Netflix. Despite mixed reviews, soon on after it’s premier, the show was renewed for second season.
Unfortunately, Hodek never became husband number 4. Sweetin recently parted ways with him. Since the break-up, Hodek has had several run-ins with the law. Sweetin eventually filed a restraining order against him, which he violated when he showed up at her residence soon after it was filed.
At the time, a rep for Sweetin shared with E! News, "We appreciate everyone's concern. While it's been a difficult few weeks for Jodie, the justice system is at work and bringing forth what we hope to be a conclusion to this chapter. She looks forward to putting all of this behind her and moving forward and, as such, we will have no further comment on this matter. Thank you."
4 Adding Insult To Injury
In the spring of 2016, amid the success of Fuller House, Jodie realized one of her long-time dreams when she appeared as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. (She revealed to People in 2008 that she was practically "begging" to do the show.)
Sweetin's run on the show was not without its share of hardships. She and her partner, Keo Motsepe, each suffered a few injuries during rehearsals. The photo above depicts Sweetin icing her injured mug after one such incident. The former dancer's eventual elimination, which took place immediately after she and Motsepe got a perfect score on their jive, shocked many of her fans.
After her elimination from the show, Sweetin told E! News, "We worked so hard every week. We set goals for ourselves and we met them…I came to the show and I didn't realize the amazing experience that I would have. Walking away from it I just feel really blessed and grateful to have done it."
As previously mentioned, Sweetin was injured more than once during her time on Dancing With the Stars. She may have undergone some physical pain as a result of the experience, but her stint on the show also seemed to help her heal emotionally.
Sweetin has always loved to dance, and trained formally when she was younger. Many Full House fans will always remember the impressive moves she busted out as Stephanie Tanner in more than one episode.
She became close to Motsepe during their time together, and shared some details about her troubled past with him. At one point, she told her partner, "My most memorable year has been this past year of my life. Getting to step back in and find my dreams and the thing that I love again." It seems that getting in touch with her emotions through dance was exactly what Jodie needed to help her heal from past pain and heartache.
2 Opening Up
Sweetin didn't shy away from opening up about her past struggles while on DWTS. She was very candid about the fact that she'd made a lot of mistakes, and recalled in one interveiw that after Full House wrapped, she was in a very "dark place."
She continued, "It was a huge shift in my life. Everything I had known from the time I was five years old suddenly ended and it was like saying goodbye to a family I had loved very, very much. At such a young age it really was a huge loss for me [and] I didn't know how to grieve."
The star also admitted, "Drugs and alcohol just sort of numbed everything. I was doing cocaine and ecstasy and alcohol and all of that. The darkest moments for me weren't necessarily winding up in the hospital or anything like that. It was those quiet moments alone when I just hated the person I had become."
1 Moving Forward
The pic above, snapped in 2004 at the aforementioned movie premier in which Jodie has admitted to being high on crystal meth, shows just how far the star has come since the dark days of her past.
Sweetin is a resilient, hard working celeb who has proven it's possible to go through extremely difficult times and still come out on top. She's not only a great role model to her own two daughters, but to the women and young girls all over the world.
Speaking about the success of Fuller House, Sweetin recently shared, "To come back full circle and to have walked away from something that I thought that' this is it, this is done at age 13,' and then have it be coming back and be sharing it with my daughters, and my parents come to every taping—it's just a really neat, full circle moment for me. It's not necessarily the big stuff, but it's those little moments that I really hold on to."