Zac Efron secretly completed a stint in rehab five months ago.
According to TMZ, Zac Efron, 25, quietly checked into a treatment facility to deal with a cocaine problem, and a source adds that he also experimented with MDMA – the active ingredient in Ecstasy tablets, which is known as “Molly” on the street.
Zac Efron is now said to be healthy and happy and is focusing on his movie career as he aims to put his days as a teen heartthrob behind him.
A source told E! News: “He’s healthy, happy and not drinking. He’s taking time to focus on working.”
An insider also told People magazine: “He’s doing great. He’s taking care of himself and it shows.”
While Zac Efron hasn’t commented on the rehab reports, he told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival recently: “I’m good, real good.”
The news of the stint in the treatment facility will come as a shock to Zac Efron’s fans as the actor has mainly stayed away from the party scene, apart from one well publicized visit to a strip club back in 2010, which left him disappointed.
Zac Efron secretly completed a stint in rehab five months ago
While Zac Efron admitted that he went to Flash Dancers Gentlemen’s Club in New York with High School Musical co-star Corbin Bleu, he insisted he had received permission from his then girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens before the boys’ night out.
“The hardest part is calling your girlfriend before,” he said on US late-night chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“It’s like, how do you even start that conversation without feeling like an a**hole?”
When Jimmy Kimmel asked how Vanessa Hudgens responded, Zac Efron hesitated for a while before saying: “She was fine with it.”
He went on to say that it wasn’t exactly what he expected.
Zac Efron told Jimmy Kimmel: “I had this image of what it’d be like.
“I’ve heard a lot about these places, mostly from rap music – they’re supposed to be pretty reputable!”
He added: “So I envisioned myself in a nice couch with stunner shades with T-Pain and Usher making it rain money!
“And it just wasn’t like that.”
Otherwise, Zac Efron has maintained a low profile and is not usually spotted out partying like his young Hollywood contemporaries.
Zac Efron will next appear on the big screen in Parkland, about the days surrounding President Kennedy’s death in Dallas in 1963.
It seems there is an increasing – and most unfestive – new holiday tradition of pre-Christmas breakups.
In the U.S. the phenomenon has been nicknamed the “turkey drop”, to describe a break-up that happens between Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday of November) and December 25.
In the last two years alone, numerous celebrity couples saw their relationships come to an end in the lead up to Christmas.
The past few weeks have seen Rihanna’s very public split from Chris Brown and Ashton Kutcher file for divorce from Demi Moore (who also split from her 26-year-old boy toy, Vito Schnabel this month).
Zooey Deschanel also finalized her divorce from Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Rob Kardashian broke up with his long term girlfriend, pop sensation Rita Ora.
Turkey drop phenomenon describes a break-up that happens between Thanksgiving and Christmas
In 2010, Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds ended their two-year marriage just before Christmas.
The year also saw, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall and his wife Jennifer Carpenter and Nip/Tuck star Dylan Walsh and his wife Joanna Going all announce the end in the run up to Christmas.
Data researchers David McCandless and Lee Byron charted the most frequent times of year that relationships end and found two peaks, one in March and one in the run up to Christmas.
While it is not clear exactly what causes this trend, it is suggested that the stress of the holiday season may be to blame, with people feeling unable to cope with pleasing their partner as well as preparing for the celebrations.
Many become nostalgic and reflective around Christmas and may begin to question their lives and decisions, which can call into question the compatibility and longevity of a relationship.
It is also a time of year traditionally spent with family, which, as any couple knows, can be a source of tension. Parental disapproval of a partner and the strain of family fights may prompt some of us to pull the plug on an ailing relationship.
Of course, there will undoubtedly be a few Scrooges who end rotten relationships before the 25th simple to avoid buying another present.
Whatever the reason at least those shown the door will have plenty of comfort food and family surrounding them to ease the pain – and a fair few drinks too.
The 65th Festival de Cannes opens today on the French Riviera with 8 films generating big buzz.
Out of 1,779 films submitted this year, only 54 features made the cut.
From Moonrise Kingdom to Cosmopolis, you’ll find many mysterious twists in this year’s top line-up. And watch for red carpet photos with familiar faces including Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Bruce Willis, Robin Pattinson, Kristin Stewart and Director Philip Kaufman.
1. Moonrise Kingdom – Bruce Willis and Bill Murray – Wes Anderson’s film will open the festival on May 16th and play in competition. In this film, a couple of young lovers escape their New England town, which results in a local search party for them.
2. Killing Them Softly – Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta – Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is a professional enforcer who investigates a crime that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
3. Mud – Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon – When encountering a fugitive, two teenage boys agree to help him run from the bounty hunters and reunite with his true love.
The 65th Festival de Cannes opens today on the French Riviera with 8 films generating big buzz
4. The Paperboy – Zac Efron (The Lucky One), John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, and Nicole Kidman – This film was directed by Lee Williams, who directed Best Picture Academy Award Nominee Precious. In this film, a reporter goes back to his hometown in Florida to investigate a case and find out more about a death-row inmate.
5. Lawless – Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf – This film is a prohibition-era American saga directed by Australian John Hillcoat. Set during the Depression-era in Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities that demand part of their profits.
6. Cosmopolis – Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand – Traveling across New York City in a stretch limo for a haircut, this film follows a 28-year-old billionaire Asset Manager’s day that evolves into a journey with a cast of characters that break apart his world.
7. Rust and Bone – Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard – Ali leaves the north of France for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. His bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie has a terrible accident.
8. Hemingway & Gellhorn – Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen – Produced by HBO Films, this historic piece is the story of Ernest Hemingway and his third wife. Nicole Kidman plays Hemingway’s war-reporter wife Martha Gellhorn in a production screening out of the Cannes competition.
This year Festival de Cannes will pay tribute to Hemingway & Gellhorn director Philip Kaufman, who will be leading the Master Class. Following Martin Scorsese, Stephen Frears, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar Wai and Sydney Pollack, Philip Kaufman will talk to Michel Ciment about filmmaking and his passion for cinema.
There are four juries who will be judging the 2012 films, including 1. Feature Film (President Nanni Moretti), 2. Cinefoundation and Short Films (President Jean-Pierre Dardenne), 3. Un Certain Regard (President Tim Roth), and 4. Golden Camera (Carlos Diegues).
In a video which has now gone viral, actor Zac Efron is seen approaching a fan to greet them, when he accidentally drops a condom on the red carpet at the premiere of his new Dr. Seuss film, The Lorax, at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
Zac efron, 24, swept up the contraceptive immediately, grinning sheepishly and immediately put his sunglasses on as he continued on his way.
The Disney’s High School Musical series star coughed with and held his hand to his mouth, pausing to regroup after the mishap.
The actor’s bashful smile and clear embarrassment served as apology enough- though hopefully any youngsters present might not have recognized what they saw.
Zac Efron’s co-stars Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito were also present at the screening.
Zac Efron is seen approaching a fan to greet them, when he accidentally drops a condom on the red carpet at the premiere of his new Dr. Seuss film, The Lorax
There has been talk of a romance between the Zac Efron and the country singer Taylor Swift, though they have denied it.
Taylor Swift told Ellen DeGeneres during a recent appearance on her talk show: “We are not a couple. He’s awesome, we are not a couple though. You hear people get together when they’re shooting movies, co-stars.
“But not like animated co-stars. You know what I’m saying. Oh my god, as we were recording out voiceovers on separate coasts we really connected.”
Zac Efron and Taylor Swift then picked up their guitars and performed a duet as Ellen DeGeneres watched on.
They also talked about what they did for Valentine’s Day.
Taylor Swift described how she had a ‘pathetic single girls party’ where she ate lots of junk food.
And Zac Efron added: “That’s so different than what single guys do. I went to a screening of a film that I did called Liberal Arts. Then cooked some dinner with a friend.”
Rumors began to swirl about Zac Efron and Taylor Swift after they were spotted sharing a very friendly meal last month.
On January 6, Zac efron had a “flirty dinner with the country superstar” at an outdoor corner table at Los Angeles’ Pace.
Us Weekly described how Zac Efron and Taylor Swift were “were deep in conversation and very giggly”, after arriving together in Efron’s Audi.
But they have been flirting for a long time.
Back in 2009, Zac Efron – single since splitting with Vanessa Hudgens in December 2010 – called Taylor Swift a “lovely girl, very beautiful”.
In turn, Taylor Swift, dumped by Jake Gyllenhaal in December 2010, gushed that Zac Efron was an “all-around amazing guy”.