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An arrest and mental health struggles: Inside Jared Padalecki's turbulent personal life.

Jared Padalecki has finally broken his silence following his arrest last weekend.

Last Sunday, the Supernatural star was charged with two counts of assault and one count of public intoxication after allegedly striking two people at a bar in Austin, Texas.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, it’s believed Padalecki owns – or partially owns – the 90s-themed bar.

According to eyewitnesses, the 37-year-old reportedly “struck a bartender in the face” inside the club, before putting a man in a headlock outside the venue.

One week on from the incident, Padalecki shared a statement to Twitter, writing: “I want to sincerely thank my family and friends for all your love and support.”

Following the incident, the actor, who portrays Sam Winchester on long-running series Supernatural, was unable to attend a Supernatural convention in Washington DC.

Speaking at the event over the weekend, Padalecki’s co-star, Jensen Ackles, addressed the arrest.

“He had a bad weekend last weekend,” Ackles said. “He’s dealing with what he has to deal with.”

Ackles also added that Padalecki has since returned to work on the final season of Supernatural after “a couple days off”.

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"We're having fun with it," Ackles laughed, adding that Padalecki was escorted onto the set "in handcuffs".

"The crew really wanted to wear orange jumpsuits, but we couldn't get them in time," he said.

Jared Padalecki's past struggles.

For fans of Gilmore Girls, there's no face in Hollywood who musters more 2000s nostalgia than Jared Padalecki.

In 2000, the actor burst onto our screens when he played Rory Gilmore's first boyfriend, Dean, on the comedy-drama show.

After leaving Gilmore Girls in 2005, Padalecki began his now 15-year stint on fantasy show Supernatural.

But despite his success, Padalecki's life hasn't been free from struggle.

In fact, in recent years, Padalecki has been incredibly open about his mental health issues.

In 2015, the 37-year-old launched a charity T-shirt campaign, Always Keep Fighting, which benefits To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit organisation which supports people struggling with depression and addiction.

 

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Speaking to Variety following the launch of the campaign, Padalecki opened up about his own experience with mental health issues.

"A lot of people don't know this, but during season three [of Supernatural], we were shooting an episode, and I went back to my trailer to get changed and just kind of broke down," he said at the time.

"A doctor came to set and talked to me for about 30 or 45 minutes and said: 'Jared, I think you're clinically depressed. I think I should write you a note and we can shut down production for five days and then we can take it from there,'" he added.

"It kind of hit me like a sack of bricks. I mean, I was 25 years old. I had my own TV show. I had dogs that I loved and lots of friends and I was getting adoration from fans and I was happy with my work, but I couldn’t figure out what it was; it doesn’t always make sense is my point. It’s not just people who can’t find a job, or can’t fit in in society that struggle with depression sometimes."

In the weeks following the incident, Padalecki was supported by his castmates and crew on the show.

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Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles at Comic-Con International 2018. Image: Getty.

"Luckily, two of my great friends, Jensen who everybody knows very well, and my friend Kelly who I work with, came to my trailer to check in on me and talked to me for probably an hour or so and then, I was like, 'All right guys, I’m going through a tough time right now. I don’t know what it is, but I’m just going to keep my legs moving. I’m going to keep fighting,'" he explained.

"They let me go that day. They were like, 'Hey buddy, go home. Call your family, and you’re off work. Come back to work tomorrow.'"

Although Padalecki "gradually got better" following that incident, he was later forced to cancel appearances at conventions in Australia and Italy.

At the time, Padalecki's team told Page Six that the actor was "suffering from exhaustion" after spending "a long season away from his family".

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"At this time he needs to be home with his family. For now he's taking a break, but is so appreciative of, and sees and feels the love and support of his fans," they said.

 

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That same year, more than 7,000 Supernatural fans held up candles at a convention in honour of Padalecki's Always Keep Fighting campaign.

"I'm holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can't let go of it," he told E! News at the time.

"At first I didn't know what it was. I thought people were holding up their iPhones or something. And then someone handed me the note explaining it and I found out what was really going on," he continued.

"It took everything in my power not to cry."

Jared Padalecki's family.

Following Padalecki's arrest last week, his wife, Genevieve Cortese, shared a heart emoji on Twitter, presumably in response to her husband's ordeal.

Padalecki became engaged to Cortese – who guest starred as Ruby on Supernatural's fourth season in season four – in October 2009.

 

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Just four months later, the pair married in Sun Valley, Idaho, with Padalecki's Supernatural co-star and best friend Jensen Ackles standing in as his groomsman.

Now residing in Texas, Padalecki and Cortese have three children – their two sons Thomas Colton and Austin Shepherd and their daughter Odette Elliot.

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