LaBeouf has recently opened up about hitting rock bottom and then finding hope in God and converting to Catholicism. The conversion came while the 36-year-old actor was preparing for his role as the late mystic St. Padre Pio in the upcoming film, “Padre Pio.”
“The suffering is actually a gift … you blessed me with this,” LeBeouf told Bishop Barron. “Old me, when I walked in, was so upset, so resentful of the woman who accused me of all this. I wanted to go on Twitter and write all these things, and I wanted to justify this, and explain all this. And now, I actually see, like, the woman saved my life.”
“She is, for me, a saint in my life. She saved my life,” the “American Honey” actor continued. “And that perspective switch feels miraculous.”
“What a spiritual experience is for me is not like talking to a cloud, or like supernatural; in my life, it’s a change in perspective,” he added. “That feels miraculous to me. There’s no other way I could have done it on my own.”
Singer FKA Twigs, real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a civil lawsuit against her ex LaBeouf for alleged abuse, sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress, according to Pitchfork. A court date is slated for April 17, 2023.
“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” the singer told The New York Times in 2020. “I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.”
LaBeouf the same year told the Times via email, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel. I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”
During the sit-down with Bishop Barron, LaBeouf repeatedly alluded to and discussed his past, which he said was filled with him hurting the people he loved the most. He also recalled a fallout with his mother sparked by his ex-girlfriend’s accusations, which included LaBeouf shooting at stray dogs to get into a role and knowingly giving Twigs an STD.
“I had a gun on the table. I was outta here,” LaBeouf said of his low point. “I didn’t want to be alive anymore when all of this happened. Shame like I had never experienced before — the kind of shame that you forget how to breathe. You don’t know where to go. You can’t go outside to get like, a taco. But I was also in this deep desire to hold on.”