Tom Hanks’ Son Chet: I didn’t have a ‘strong male role model’ growing up

Tom Hanks’ son Chet Hanks claimed Tuesday that despite growing up with an Oscar-winning dad, he had no one to turn to as a celebrity kid.

“I didn’t have a strong male role model to tell me … ‘Bro, f–k these people. They are just jealous of you,’” Chet, 31, said in a video on his YouTube channel of the disrespect he endured from his peers for his wealth, fame and being perceived as “arrogant, entitled and spoiled.”

“‘You have all these things that they want, so they are trying to f–king throw their shade at you so you can feel s–tty about yourself because they are jealous.’ I needed to hear that,” he continued. “I didn’t have anyone to tell me that. This is me now telling the younger version of myself what I needed to hear then.”

The “White Boy Summer” rapper said people used to “make up their minds” about him before even getting to know him.

“It was extremely hard to break down their walls,” he shared. “So, I encountered a lot of disdain, a lot of animosity and negativity because everybody was just prepared to hate my guts.”

Chet, who regularly posts photos of himself flexing his muscles on Instagram, added that due to his “hard exterior” and ability to intimidate, many of his haters never had the nerve to confront him face to face.

“People kinda did f–k with me a lot growing up. It was never to my face,” he recalled. “It was always behind my back in the forms of gossip and s–t-talking.”

That said, Chet clarified he understands growing up with privilege can result in resentment from those who are not as fortunate.

“There’s a lot of advantages, but sometimes it can be pretty weird. I got to do a lot of cool s–t that a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do,” he acknowledged. “I got to travel the world, stay in nice hotels, fly on private planes, and I’m very blessed for that. I wouldn’t change my situation.

“My experience was even more complicated because, on top of fame already being toxic, I wasn’t even famous,” he added. “I was just the son of somebody famous, so I hadn’t even done anything to deserve any sort of recognition, and that created a lot of contempt.”

Tom, 65, shares sons Chet and Truman, 26, with his wife, Rita Wilson. He is also dad to son Colin, 44, and daughter Elizabeth, 39, with his first wife, the late Samantha Lewes.

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  1. Chet, your father didn’t teach you to be an arrogant, entitled, spoiled brat – you did that all on your own. Stop blaming your father for his stature in life by saying he wasn’t a strong role model; he showed you that hard work in life will give you what you had and if it weren’t for your father, you probably would’ve never been chosen for the role on Empire. So, accept your faults in life and stop blaming everyone else for your downfalls. Grow up and be a man, instead of whining about how bad you had it in life by being able to travel the world in private jets & staying in the best hotels; you disgust me with your child-like behavior at the age of 31.

  2. Chet, I met your dad when he was Guest speaker at Vassar college Years ago. He is a REALLY GOOD MAN, ND AS a father myself, I can tell you, When you have a family that depends on you to support them, it some times means you have to put in ungodly hrs. at work to do that!! We sacrifice of ourselves for our families needs and desires,and Can’t always be with them as much as we would like to be. But You know.. the bottom line is WE make ourselves into who we are! Yes it’s nice to have you dad around more, But he Works Very Hard at what he does, And you have to kind of understand and Appreciate what he does for all of you!! You’ll get a better idea when you have kids and have to work for them..God Bless you And you DAD…Mike j.

  3. Chet, you need to ask yourself if it’s possible you were just so self-absorbed when your Dad was being a role model you missed it. Are you so incredibly dense you didn’t realize by the choices your Dad has made there were lessons to be learned there? Like the movies your Dad made and the characters he chose to portray. Ever catch him pandering to certain audiences by putting gratuitous sex into a movie? Didn’t you find redeeming qualities in the characters he portrayed?
    How ‘bout how he treated his fans — was he disdainful and aloof? Did he make those who enjoyed his talents (as well as his integrity, decency and his sense of responsibility) feel like real schmucks or did he exhibit patience and thoughtfulness, even for those fans who “cross the line” in their mindless pursuit of their “fave” actor?
    Did you fail to learn anything from the integrity your father showed as he selected which causes he might champion?
    You need to do some serious soul-searching before you continue down a path which only serves to make you appear to be grasping, lacking in empathy, snotty, emotionally blind, self-serving, petty and childish.
    I wish my father had been even just the tiniest bit of the role model your Dad has been to millions of theatre-goers, let alone his offspring. At 31 years of age, it’s well past time for you to stop being such a self-centered brat and count the blessings your father has worked so hard to secure for you.

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