Jodie Sweetin started her career when she was only 4 years old and it is no surprise that she had a hard time growing up on television. The actress started drinking when she was 14 years old and it was only a matter of time before she started dealing with crack and other drugs – from methamphetamine to ecstasy; she did everything.
Sweetin struggled a lot with substance abuse, having been a drug addict for no less than 15 years. Fortunately, the American actress turned her life around; she cleaned herself, got a degree as a drug counselor, and even worked with a drug rehab center in Los Angeles.
Here is a closer look at her personal struggles with drugs, her failed marriages and how she made an enviable fortune out of it all.
Jodie Sweetin Battles With Drugs & Substance Abuse
It was in January 1982 that the actress was born on January 19, 1982, in Los Angeles, California, when Jodie Lee-Ann Sweetin was born. Although she was the only seed of her parents, they were not available to raise her because they got involved with the law and ended up in jail, which meant that she was adopted by her uncle and his wife when she was only 9 months old.
Even at a young age, it was obvious that Jodie was made for the world of make-believe. At the age of four, she started appearing in TV commercials, launching a career that would see many ups and downs, but also scandals and awards. She also excelled in the academic world, thanks to which she was able to skip a grade in primary school.
After graduating from Los Alamitos High School, she received a college scholarship and would later receive a degree in the liberal arts from Chapman University in California.
Her big breakthrough in acting came in 1987 when she got the role of Stephanie Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House.
Like many other stars who have achieved fame very early in their lives, Jodi took the wrong direction very early on when she began experimenting with alcohol as a young teenager. In no time she got bored and immersed herself in drugs. On her drug list was everything, including crack, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
Jodie Sweetin continued to use drugs for the next 15 years, affecting almost every aspect of her life, including her education, marriage and acting career. It became the main reason for her first divorce. For a talented actress that she is, she did not appear in many movies or television shows due to the influence of drugs.
She has spent more than 3 decades as an actress, but there were years when she did not appear in any production because of her personal struggle with drugs.
The irony was that she hated her mother for many years because she took drugs and had to give her up for adoption before she was one year old. With her own drug addiction, she understood why her mother had to give her up.
The Fuller House actress tried to give up drugs for a long time, but it wasn’t until December 2008 that she got her final laugh after she left rehab for the last time. In the meantime, she has become an advocate for drug abuse and shares her experiences with the public. She has also recorded her experiences in her memoirs; unsweetened. It is not surprising that after this time she began to appear in further productions.
How Many Times Was Jodie Sweetin Married and Who Are Her Kids?
Jodie Sweetin’s love life is also one that records stories of heartache and disappointment. At the age of 35, she has already been married and divorced three times.
It all began in 2002 when 20-year-old Jodie decided to become the life partner of Shaun Holguin, a Los Angeles police officer. Jodie and Shaun made a perfect couple until the marriage ended in 2006. According to reports, the actress did not inform Shaun about her addiction problems, which he only found out in 2005 after a wild party and hospitalization.
Sweetin lost no time in finding love again after the end of their first marriage. She started dating Cody Herpin, the man who was to become her second husband in May 2007. Less than a few months later, on 14 July 2007, she married him.
But like her first marriage, Jodie’s association with Cody Herpin was destined to end quickly. The actress filed for divorce and claimed that Herpin was not willing to get a job and support the family. After a court case, the divorce was finalized in April 2010. With Cody, the actress had her first child, a daughter named Zoie Laurel May Herpin, born on April 12, 2008.
Before her separation from Cody was finally consummated, Jodie was already dating Morty Coyle. On 31 August 2010, the couple welcomed their daughter Beatrix Carlin Sweetin-Coyle. The following year they became engaged and became man and wife in March 2012. But barely a year later, in June 2013, the actress filed for divorce again, citing irreconcilable differences, and their marriage was officially dissolved in September 2016.
The story did not end with Morty Coyle, because Jodie Sweetin made another marriage attempt after she got engaged to Justin Hodak at the beginning of 2016. However, they did not marry; in March 2017 they broke off the engagement and separated.
What is Her Net Worth?
Jodie Sweetin’s net worth, which has been the subject of much speculation, came to light during the court battle following her divorce from Morty Coyle. While Coyle claimed that the actress earned up to $700,000 a year, Jodie offered details of her finances, which showed that her gross income in 2016 was $437,349.
According to the financial documents she provided, her average monthly income was $43,614 and her monthly expenses were $15,262. This leaves her with $28,352, which is not the only amount that makes up the total value of her assets. The documents listed assets that included a business account of $139,456.25 and other accounts totaling $9,449.
She has assets that are now estimated at $800,000. Her fortune came from her career as an actress and from her 2009 memoirs, unsweetened. Considering the number of years she has spent as an actress and her talent, Jodie would have had to have a more robust fortune than what she records, but again, her drug abuse was a major factor that mitigated her growth in career and income.