Remember all the hoo-ha back in June when Selma Blair was reportedly stretchered off a plane after some kind of episode she’d had while on the flight with her 5-year-old son, Arthur, and former partner (Arthur’s dad) Jason Bleick?
Well, the 44-year-old actress has now spilled the beans about what actually happened – and it seems it was one hell of a scary journey for the mum-of-1.
Selma and her family had been flying from Cancun in Mexico to LA when she had a total meltdown after mixing booze and medication.
The combined effect made her start screaming that a man was abusing her – with some fellow passengers claiming to TMZ at the time that she was shouting: “He burns my private parts. He won’t let me eat or drink. He beats me. He’s going to kill me.”
Sounds pretty horrid, right?
Anyway, Selma has now set the record straight on The Talk (an American chat show), and says that as a result of the incident she no longer drinks alcohol, and that the whole thing was “so out of character for her”.
“It was something completely different, a very bad choice, and I had a total psychotic blackout. And it was horrible and frightening, and I had empathy for myself actually afterwards, because it was actually so out of character for me, especially now that I’m a mother,” she said.
“I am someone that should never drink, and I rarely do. And I don’t drink anymore, but I did,” she said. “I was going through something, I had a glass of wine. Someone gave me a pill that I thought was something I had taken before which I don’t take on a regular basis.”
Selma and Arthur
Selma said the drink and medication was a ‘bad choice, all around’, and added that she was very grateful that Arthur remained fast asleep throughout.
“My son was with his father, and he had slept through it,” she said. “I knew he was going to sleep, he had headphones on, and that’s why I took this pill anyhow. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m exhausted, I have to get home and take care of my son’.”
“Bad choice, all around,” she added. “Totally own it, it will not happen again. And I keep it alive in me every day. I forgive myself, but I keep it alive. Things can go really wrong and humiliating.”
Selma said that after the ordeal she was taken to hospital to be checked over, but the ensuing press interest made her feel rubbish.
“It was terrifying. I was taken not really to a hospital but more like a clinic to get an IV and make an assessment, and I went home two hours later but there were so many paparazzi and I just thought, ‘Oh my God, what have I created?’ I felt horrible.”
She also said that she hopes everyone who witnessed her breakdown was OK, too:
“Hopefully everyone on the plane is doing fine by now too because it was really disruptive,” she told The Talk.
And as a result of the experience, Selma now won’t even have a single glass of fizz when out partying. And when recently offered a drink, she was quite open to her hosts as to why she was refusing it:
“I was like, ‘Google me! We don’t want to go there’,” she said.
Goodness though – what an awful thing for her to have gone through. We’re glad that her little one remained asleep throughout the episode.