Bam Margera has always been a little bit off the rails. From his first appearance on Jackass, he’s been known for playing pretty gnarly pranks which always fell just on the right side of funny. But, in the wake of the death of his best friend, Ryan Dunn, in 2011, it seems like things have only been heading downhill for the skate star, including various stints in rehab and some very public meltdowns.
In recent months, he’s been on a pretty consistent downward spiral, including an episode of screaming at his manager in public, then being begged by his family to return to a behavioral facility for his own safety. But his latest actions (which began after he was kicked off his flight for being drunk and disorderly) really don’t look good for Margera, and the internet is feeling pretty worried.
Born in 1979, Brandon Cole Margera is better known as Jackass’s Bam.
He rose to fame on the prank and stunt television show, which first aired in 2000 as a television show, then went on to bring the world three hugely successful movies.
He was one of the youngest cast members and was loved for his mischevious charm and boyish good looks. But there was another reason that people loved Bam so much – his adorable relationship with best pal, Ryan Dunn.
In 2011, Ryan Dunn was driving under the influence of alcohol and crashed his car in Pennsylvania. There were two fatalities – Dunn, and passenger, Zachary Hartwell.
He’s displayed persistently more and more erratic behavior, including increased reliance on drugs and alcohol, and pretty bizarre and frightening mood swings.
This March, Bam showed up early for an event and discovered that no audience members had yet arrived. But, instead of waiting it out, he absolutely lost it, screaming at his visibly terrified manager in a way that suggested a loss of touch with reality.
He was checked in for addiction issues and a suspected personality disorder. Reports state that this was against his will and at the insistence of worried family members.
And the latest (very public) meltdown that Margera has suffered has got the public – and his old Jackass co-stars – deeply worried.
Margera was visibly intoxicated at the airport, which resulted in him being forcibly removed from his flight. Unsurprisingly, the rowdy star did not take kindly to this.
And since this, Margera has been letting it all out on his Instagram.
In just the past two days, Margera has posted upwards of fifty horrifying posts, which fans have described as being like “watching a documentary about the last days of someone’s life.”
It all started with a screenshot of a text with his ex, Nicole Boyd, with a caption dragging her name through the mud.
Margera then posted some scrawled handwriting denigrating, not only Boyd (with whom he shares a two-year-old-child), but also his own mother, April.
Fellow Jackass star, Chris Pontius, left a heartfelt public comment on the post, saying: “To Everybody asking the Jackass Guys to help Bam, We are trying and have been, but no matter how loudly help screams his name, it’s up him to want to be better and not somebody who publicly degrades their Wife and Mother and takes accountability for it. I wouldn’t write this publicly, but we all get told to go help Bam so much, I might as well answer.”
The first was of him at a bar, seemingly absolutely wasted, with a pile of money stacked in front of him. He captioned the video: “The two most important women in your life, my mom, my wife, well mine suck big neather rods and answer my question with there question while they both talk over eachother until i give up!”
Another Jackass co-star, Brandon Novak, then reached out.
But Bam was having none of it, screenshotting the message and captioning it, “Novak writes me after how long?”
Fans aren’t finding this drama entertaining or amusing, and are, instead, deeply worried about Margera. One fan commented: “Watching you self destruct is a jarring reminder to every delusional alcoholic/addict out there that we can ride this thing to the gates of insanity or death. And as a fan of yours I hope you have that moment of clarity before it’s too late.”
Margera captioned it: “Where can i find the idiots guide of how to not be dumb for this moron!”
Fans disagreed with his actions, though, commenting: “I’m baffled by the lack of respect you radiate… No respect for random people doing their job. No respect for the mother of your child. None for the woman who birthed you. You don’t even have respect for yourself. Get help.”
One fan commented: “They assigned you a babysitter. Congrats, they think you’re 12.”
He was escorted to a cop car and seemed oddly excited at the prospect.
Margera discussed his upcoming plans to meet up with ex-Jackass director, Jeff Tremaine, and go to Comic-Con – but not before meeting a therapist, who was flying out from another state thanks to the nature of his meltdown.
One follower commented: “This post = psychosis induced ramblings. Someone’s gonna lock him up soon.”
One fan wrote: “Again with the pretend language… every time your train jumps the tracks you do this. Perhaps there is some real psychosis in there beyond all the booze and drugs.”
Another commented: “It’s like watching a documentary on someone’s last days.”
If this is a look inside Margera’s mind, it’s clearly a pretty scary, nonsensical, confusing place to be right now.
Brandon Novak commented on this post: “I as well as every other name on ur list are actual “real friends” of yours who truly care about ur well being and quality of life. We WILL NOT condone ur fatal behaviors or justify ur actions in hopes of u not getting angry with us……. I refuse to high five u to ur grave!!!!! I love u and will do whatever it takes to help u so please fucking let me/us.”
Bam shared a bizarre alphabet of made-up letters in order to send his fans some coded messages.
(For those who can’t be bothered figuring it out, this one reads: “It is easy.”)
He posted this cry for help with the caption: “Find this person and i will not only listen, i will cooperate, understand and agree!! Until then suck on my f*ckin tuna can.”
In it, he decoded the message of his previous post, claiming that the only doctor he wishes to see in his current mental state is none other than Dr. Phil.
One skeptical fan wrote: “So he wants to turn his issues into another chance to be on television? Am I getting that right?”
He captioned this post, with a foul-mouthed tirade against the Catholic church. He also defended his new language, claiming, “For anyone that is getting ready to type something negative, just think out side the box ? the picture might look insane to a person who knows academic mathematics, but look at this as arabic, japanese, thai, spanish, latvian, ougadougadou, namibian, etc to you it looks f**ked up cause you dont know what it means. So your basically saying japanese are f**ked up? Lithuanians? Russians? You cant understand it if you didn’t learn it. Dummy.”
Although, frankly, if he’s not on mind-altering substances, the way that Margera has been acting is actually all the more worrying.
In the midst of what could only really be described as a full mental breakdown, Margera then decided that what he really needed was a new tattoo.
He first talked about his ex and the mother of his child, Nikki. He claims that she’s using his eighteen-month-old baby as “bait” to prevent them from splitting up.
He captioned this video: “Dr. phil my mom invented a time machine so bam margera can go now where fast and talk in circles answering questions with questions.”
He first spoke directly to Dr. Phil about the lack of trust that he has in other doctors and rehab facilities, many of which he claimed ended up putting him on more medication.
He claimed that Novak uses his own sobriety to get one up on Margera. But one fan commented saying: “it’s sad to see you sitting in a hotel room, lonely that your friends aren’t helping you. But that’s because you reject our help. We are here for you, ready to offer the help, but you have to make the decision to accept it. You’re jealous of Novak’s sobriety to the point that you’re trying to destroy his reputation. But that’s not going to happen, because your fans see right through you. Do you want what he has? Do you want to lead a productive life of sobriety? Do you want your loving family back?”
Although, as one commenter pointed out: “maybe he is afraid that if he hangs around with you, he will end up drinking again?”
Margera said that Novak attempts to get people into rehab in order to earn a commission – although multiple commenters stood up for Novak and claimed that this isn’t a thing.
His slurred speech and rambling thought patterns are a serious cause for concern. One fan writes, “We’re watching an absolute breakdown here. Please get some help man.”
In on breath, he claimed that Novak is rich from his rehab schemes, while in another, claims that he’s broke and is continually borrowing money from Margera. Essentially, he’s simply unable to keep his story straight.
In it, he lists his problems are his mother, ex-partner, and ex-friend – although it’s clear even to the uninitiated that there are far more problems than just these three.
He claims that he’s fed up with people telling him that he needs help, because he’s asking for help – but only from Dr. Phil.
In a brief time of clarity, Margera admits that some of his problems are also caused by him. He claims that his brain never switches off and that he stays up for days on end even when he isn’t using.
Margera then becomes infuriated at fans speculating he’s using meth, claiming he could never have traveled with it. But he then shows the contents of his luggage, which are hardly symptomatic of rational packing.
He posted a bizarre interaction with a female fan, who claims to have had some fun with Margera and his then-wife back in the day – an incident that Margera seems to have totally forgotten about.
First, Margera films this incredibly young-looking girl begging Dr. Phil to help out the Jackass star.
In a weirdly pixellated video, Margera spoofs being arrested, all the while crying out for Dr. Phil’s help.
Bam, along with a bunch of young girls, all cry out for Dr. Phil. One commenter writes: “Why are people finding it humourous that you need/want Dr Phil? As your wife sits at home with your beautiful son. Probably wondering where his Daddy is. Breaks my heart, man. And I don’t even know you.”
He claims that Dr. Phil had seen his frightening Instagram posts and has had his team reach out to Margera for help.
As he goes through security, he empties his pockets into a tray, which ends up piled high with bills. He claims that it’s to the value of seventeen thousand dollars.
But, while in the car, Margera appears to deteriorate further and further. Margera is absolutely fixated on the coded “language” that he believes he has invented.
“The fact his manager is filming and putting out his breakdown instead of helping him is so f**ked up,” one fan comments.
A follower writes, “Bro imagine how the driver feels, you got this 40 year old man spouting off about some language he made up with a stuffed animal in his lap.”
Although some suspect that this Dr. Phil collaboration may have more than a hint of the publicity stunt surrounding it. “Plot twist: Dr. Phil told Bam to go as crazy as possible, so they have can the highest viewed episode in his shows history,” one comment reads.
Next, Bam posted a picture with Jackass co-star, Johnny Knoxville.
Although it did little to reassure fans. One wrote, “Anyone seen Steve O: Demise and Rise, where he films his own intervention and Johnnys got that concerned look? This is the same look.”
This had yet more people questioning the realness of Margera’s breakdown. One commented, “Maybe Bam already had Dr. Phil scheduled and this weekend was just genius guerrilla marketing.”
He captioned this image, “Dr. Phil is the greatest, he secretly flew out nikki and phoenix wolf, had my mom on standby. Got down to thebroot of the problem and isolated it down with no one interupting eeachother. Pr. Phil “bambis not crazy, he is extremely frustrated with certain issues, ban is not crazy!”???nope”
“Off to dallas to get my brain evaluated! Thanks dr phil and michelle 24832199 my phone will be off for a while. Laterx♥️” Margera wrote. Many friends and fans commented on the post, offering well-wishes.
Margera’s final post is captioned: “By the way i was evaluated and tested for alchol and drugs, the results were negative. Not drunk or drinking, and not on drugs either!!”
This has left a few fans feeling a little skeptical.
Many ex-Jackass cast members have reached out to offer help to Bam.
Including this heartfelt message from Steve-O, who, himself, has struggled with addiction and mental health issues over the years – but is now clean, sober, and living his best life.
Margera filmed with Dr. Phil in the Paramount Lot, and, afterwards, agreed to enter a rehab facility for some intensive treatment for addiction and personality disorders.
According to reports, Bam’s mom, April Margera, Skype called for a mediated conversation with Dr. Phil and her troubled son.
It’s claimed that Bam’s estranged wife, Nikki Boyd, was actually on hand in person to speak to him and encourage him to get help – at the very least, for the good of the pair’s shared child, Phoenix Wolf.
We wish Bam the very best in recovery. And, no offense, but we hope to not see him on our social media anytime soon.
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