The Parenthood alum married Kristen Bell in October 2013, and the pair share two daughters, Lincoln and Delta. One 12 months earlier than they exchanged vows, Shepard admitted that he and the Veronica Mars actress had been whole “opposites.”
“All of the issues I’d finished had been terrifying to her, and he or she had a tough time believing I’d ever have the ability to stay married and monogamous and a father and all these issues. For the primary 12 months and a half [that] we had been collectively, that was what we battled over virtually weekly,” he instructed Playboy in 2012, noting that he had a historical past of ingesting and utilizing “cocaine, opiates, marijuana, fat burners, ache drugs, every part.”
Shepard later turned his life round and pursued sobriety. After practically being clear for practically 16 years, the “Armchair Professional” podcast host revealed that he suffered a relapse in his pill addiction after a string of various occasions — including a major motorcycle accident — led him to misuse painkillers. Regardless of his roadblock, Bell was nonetheless “nothing however supportive” of her husband.
“Finally, he couldn’t disguise it from her any longer and he needed to come clear. She was nothing however supportive and there’s no blame or anger on her side – simply love, care and willpower to get via this collectively,” a supply instructed Us Weekly completely in October 2020. “Her coronary heart aches for Dax after what he went via along with his dad, and he or she’s past happy with him for turning his life round while brazenly addressing his demons head-on.”
Following his candid revelation, Shepard thanked Bell and his podcast cohost, Monica Padman, for giving him the area and time he wanted to heal.
“I can’t think about having to confess that to different folks and feeling as protected as I did that you simply guys wouldn’t hate me. I hated me at that time and so, to have the ability to tell you guys and feel unconditionally loved and that I’d be accepted was actually particular,” he mentioned in December 2020. “It saved my life. … Even with two surgical procedures and a relapse and disgrace spiral and all these things, nonetheless an amazing 12 months for me.”
Scroll all the way down to look again at a few of Shepard’s strongest quotes about his sobriety journey.