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What's Your Take: Tatum Buys Drugs Because of Dog's Death?

What's Your Take: Tatum Buys Drugs Because of Dog's Death?

ICYMI, Tatum O'Neal was arrested on Sunday while attempting to purchase crack cocaine. While this is obvs a very serious matter and she said there's no excuse for what she's done – she seems to have found one, placing the blame on her now deceased, 16-year-old Scottie offering this explanation:

"I lost my Scottish terrier, Lena," three weeks ago. "That seemed to set me off. She got old. She got cancer. She was the fabric of our family. We had to let her go to heaven. My daughter and I had to put her down. It was too horrible for words."

Tatum explains that the death of her beloved pet triggered her ongoing battle with "the disease of alcoholism" and memories that her mother passed away from addiction and that she's estranged from her father, Ryan O'Neal. I am by no means making light of her situation, or the death of her dog, but this sounds a tad suspicious to me – after all, there seems to be a difference between alcohol and crack. Do you believe her claims? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

[Note: The picture is of another famous Scottish Terrier, not Lena.]


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lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
W/ addicts, you never know. If you go on her track record, yes it sounds like just another excuse...
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
This whole thing is pretty hysterical (the reactions here that is) - from the crazy judgemental, mean to those freaking out because a generic Scotty picture was used instead of her real damn dog (does that even matter?!) At any rate, she's an addict. And addicts will lie, use excuses in order to cop/rationalize copping. Addiction is a lifetime disease, but its up to the addict to get themselves help and work on their illness consistently. Its a shame that she got so close to using again, fact remains - she didnt use (whether it was due to an arrest or not, it counts) - I hope she gets herself back in her programs and works extra hard at it. I do believe though that her using the excuse of her dog's death is just that - an excuse.
italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
I'm sure it could have played a part, I couldn't leave my house for 2 days after my kitty died; but she also said she was researching for a role, so I bet the dog's death was not the 100% full-blown reason!
runnergeek runnergeek 9 years
mm. i don't know. i would devastated too..and if i was already addicted to drugs, this would cause a relapse i guess.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
I would lose it if something happened to Princess! For sure I wouldn't buy crack, but that's her particular addiction so it's what she turned to. 3 weeks later though sounds a little iffy... I'm sure it wasn't the first time she brought out the crackpipe since her doggy's death. Things happen, all she can do is try to stay away from the funny stuff in the future.
jessie jessie 9 years
you know..i don't know. she's had so many addictions in the past and in the present. how she handles situations is up to her..and that was prolly her way. it doesn't make it right, but the girl seriouly has got to get back to rehab and some theraphy.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Sometimes when someone is already dealing with so much pain and sorrow in their life, it takes one thing to trigger them back into a relapse. Losing your pet is no small thing either. I don't know how I'm going to be able to handle my dog's death. I don't even want to think about it. I doubt I'll go running to drugs myself, but she has a history of it and so it made sense to her to go running back to it for comfort.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Agree with Renees3 and Kimpossible!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
"I'm just sick of how people treat addicts and addiction when they obviously know nothing about it." I agree completely Renees3
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
ummmm I might would understand if it was like anti-depression meds or pain killers but crack cocaine?!?! come on now
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I have to say losing a pet is one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. Putting down a dog is an entirely different experience than having a loved one die, EVEN if you "pull the plug." At least when you "pull the plug" there is a small amount of uncertainty as to what might happen, euthanasia leaves no room for hope and there is the guilt of killing someone. Either situation is incredibly hard to deal with and I can see that if you have a history of drugs/alcohol abuse how it could push you over the edge, and back into a downward spiral. I'm NOT saying that what she did was right, however, I do sympathize for her. I can't imagine how hard the guilt would be to deal with when you already have trouble coping and rely on drugs.
Pets Pets 9 years
I included the picture of a Scottish Terrier because not everyone is totally up on what each particular dog breed looks like just by hearing its official name ... and, as many photos as I can find with celebrities out with their beloved pets, I was unable to find one of Tatum with Lena.
ann85050 ann85050 9 years
The picture of the dog IS NOT EVEN HER DOG?!?!?!?!?!? Who decided to run the picture of a dog that isn't hers??? I hope you don't do that with babies. Geez!!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Wow I'm really surprised by how people react to this. It's almost like people think addiction is a joke. First thing - to those who mentioned that her story changed. OF COURSE she lied at first. She got caught doing something illegal, don't you think you would lie to try to get out of it??? That's EXACTLY what an addict does. And yes hopefully you learn how to address your feelings and such in rehab but they can't cover everything and if it worked that well don't you think there'd be less addicts out there? Recovery from addiction is an ongoing battle that lasts a LIFETIME. There are ALWAYS struggles, falls, trip and mistakes. No one is perfect. Personally I don't even know what I would do if something happened to B-Bop. I could very well fall off the deep end just to heal that pain. We can't know if she was already on the road to relapse or what was going on in her head, but I'm sure her pup passing had something to do with it. I'm sorry for my rant. I'm just sick of how people treat addicts and addiction when they obviously know nothing about it.
akrsouth akrsouth 9 years
I don't know what I will do when my Scottie Babies pass over the rainbow bridge
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
This is very sad. Addictions are just horrible. And this underscores the fact that they are a lifelong battle no matter how much you think you've "beaten it".
Happigyrl Happigyrl 9 years
That's a really lame excuse. Just be an adult and admit you screwed up.
lawchick lawchick 9 years
oh, I just realized this was 3 weeks later. That makes it a little less believable to me. oh well
lawchick lawchick 9 years
well, it's hard for me to relate to having that kind of addiction, so I just don't know if the death of a pet would lead to this behavior. but when I have lost a beloved pet before, it has been very hard -- couldn't keep from crying at work, couldn't sleep for days if not weeks, etc. so...people deal differently with their grief. maybe she should get the benefit of the doubt (though I would verify that the story about the dog is 100% true).
wolverine9999 wolverine9999 9 years
What a pathetic loser, just like so many hollywood types. They're all pathetic losers. Their favorite person is themselves-that's all they care about, themselves. "Poor little me. I can't function without drugs and alcohol. Won't somebody please feel sorry for me. I'm so wonderful and beautiful, surely everyone loves me-right?"
sandyday16 sandyday16 9 years
I believe in giving the benefit of the doubt. She has fought substance abuse during her lifetime and perhaps she does hang by a thread at times. It is easy for us to stand back and place judgment. I just hope she gets the help she needs since she does have a child to think about.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I understand the toll the death of a pet can take and how it can add to the temptation to relapse but isn't part of rehab learning to control when you do have those sorts of triggers
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
my 13 year old cat died last year and i was this close to opening a meth lab.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I think McEnroe has primary custody already, but I'm not positive. It's difficult for me to judge how the loss of a pet would affect someone. I can't imagine how I would feel. I've seen people with addictions relapse over a particular event, so I can see it. Of course she could be full of crap...
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
First it was for a role, now it's because her dog died? I believe that the death of a pet can cause a relapse, but I don't buy it in this case.
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