Former Disney star Adam Hicks talks about his eventful past in the first interview after his imprisonment

Adam Hicks, a former Disney Channel star, walked a troubled path after his stint on the popular television network. Hicks was known for his role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Lemonade Mouth, as well as Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther, per IMDb. However, things took a terrible turn after his recent starring role on the Hulu show Freakish, which he last appeared on in 2017.

Hicks was arrested twice in 2017, according to the Daily Mail, and had a disturbingly violent history, which included assaulting his own girlfriend and allegedly being shot in the leg. According to USA Today, he and his girlfriend committed multiple armed robberies in Burbank, California in 2018 before being caught and arrested. Hicks was eventually sentenced to five years in prison for robbery in July 2021, according to The US Sun. The conviction came three years after he was charged with second-degree robbery and attempted second-degree robbery. Despite being sentenced to five years, the former actor was released on parole in July after spending over 1,000 days in prison while awaiting sentencing, according to TMZ.

His arrests and behavior came as a surprise to many fans. one even tweeted“I’m looking at Lemonade and all I can think about is the fact that Adam Hicks became a gunman just like Disney Channel ran out of money?? Now Hicks is finally speaking out about his arrests and behavior in the past.

Adam Hicks finally breaks his silence about his past arrests

Adam Hicks was originally sentenced to five years in prison after being charged with armed robbery, but was eventually released in July after spending years behind bars while awaiting sentencing, per TMZ. In a new interview, Hicks revealed that he tried to cope with his anxiety and stress by self-medicating with both alcohol and Xanax as a teenager. He explained that his mother died and his brother’s time in prison took a huge toll on his mental health.

“During this time I began using Xanax extensively, [and] getting heavily drunk and slowly falling into this insanity… I’ve had delusional episodes,” Hicks said. After being arrested for armed robbery, he was allegedly questioned by psychiatrists who found him unfit to stand trial. He was later put on trial – ordered medicine and apparently realized what he had done after he got sober.

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When asked why he committed the crimes, he replied: “Honestly, I have no reason and that’s the worst reason of all. There’s a lot of stuff in the media. The things that happened and that are true, I take full responsibility for, especially for the victims.” He admitted he had let down many people, including society and his family, and apologized for it his deeds. He concluded his statement by saying, “I just wasn’t in my right shape, but I take full responsibility and I deserve what happened to me.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).