Jodie Sweetin kicked off her career when she was only 4 and it isn’t a surprise that she had a hard time growing up on television. The actress started boozing when she turned 14 and it was only a matter of time before she moved on to crack cocaine and other drugs – from methamphetamine to ecstasy; she did it all.
Sweetin battled with substance abuse a great deal as she was a drug addict for no fewer than 15 years. Thankfully, the American actress has been able to turn her life around; she cleaned herself up, obtained a degree as a substance abuse counselor, and even worked with a drug rehab center based in Los Angeles.
Here is a closer look at her personal battles with drugs, her failed marriages, and how she has come out top of it all to record an enviable fortune.
Jodie Sweetin Battles With Drugs & Substance Abuse
It was in January 1982 that the actress was birthed Jodie Lee-Ann Sweetin in Los Angeles, California on the 19th. Although she was the only seed of her parents, they were not available to raise her as they got involved with the law, ending up in prison which meant she was adopted by her uncle and his wife when she was only 9 months old.
It was obvious from her younger days that Jodie was cut out for the world of make-believe. She started appearing in TV commercials when she was four, kickstarting a career that would experience a lot of highs and many lows as well as scandals, and accolades. She was also excellent in academics, thanks to which she got to skip a grade in elementary school.
After her graduation from Los Alamitos High School, she bagged a college scholarship and would later obtain a degree in Liberal Arts from California’s Chapman University.
Her big break in acting came in 1987 when she landed the Stephanie Tanner role in ABC’s sitcom Full House.
Like many other stars who have had fame thrown at them very early in life, Jodi took the wrong turn very early when she started experimenting with alcohol when she was still a young teenager. In no time, she got bored and delved into drugs. Her drug list included everything including crack, ecstasy, and methamphetamine.
Jodie Sweetin continued to use drugs for the next 15 years during which almost every aspect of her life was affected including her education, marriage, and acting career. It became the main reason for her first divorce. For the talented actress that she is, she did not appear in many films or TV shows due to the influence of drugs.
She has spent more than 3 decades as an actress, but there were years in which she did not appear in any productions as a result of her personal battles with drugs.
The irony was that for many years, she hated her mother for doing drugs and having to give her up for adoption even before she was a year old. With her own addiction to drugs, she understood why her mother had to give her up.
The Fuller House actress tried for a long time to give up drugs but it was until December 2008 that she got the last laugh after she left the rehab for the last time. She has now become an advocate of drug abuse, sharing her experience with the general public. She has also chronicled her experiences in her memoir; UnSweetined. Unsurprisingly, it was after this period that she started appearing in more productions.
How Many Times Was Jodie Sweetin Married and Who Are Her Kids?
Jodie Sweetin’s love life has also been one that records tales of heartaches and disappointments. By the time she was 35, she had already been married and divorced three times.
It all began in 2002 when 20-years-old Jodie decided to become the life partner of Shaun Holguin, a Los Angeles police officer. Jodie and Shaun made a perfect couple until 2006 when the marriage came to an end. According to reports, the actress didn’t inform Shaun about her addiction problems which he only found out in 2005 after she had a wild party and was hospitalized.
Sweetin wasted no time to find love again following the end of her first marriage. She started dating Cody Herpin, the man who would become her second husband in May 2007. Less than a couple of months later, precisely on the 14th of July 2007, she got married to him.
But like her first marriage, Jodie’s union with Cody Herpin was fated to end quickly. The actress filed for a divorce claiming that Herpin was unwilling to get a job and support the family. Following a court battle, their divorce was finalized in April 2010. It was with Cody that the actress had her first child, a daughter named Zoie Laurel May Herpin who was born on April 12, 2008.
Before her separation from Cody was finalized, Jodie was already dating Morty Coyle. On 31st August 2010, the couple welcomed their daughter Beatrix Carlin Sweetin-Coyle. They got engaged the next year and subsequently became man and wife in March 2012. But barely a year later, in June 2013, the actress again filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, their marriage got officially dissolved in September 2016.
The story didn’t end with Morty Coyle, as Jodie Sweetin made another attempt at marriage after she got engaged to Justin Hodak early in 2016. However, they didn’t get to be married; in March 2017, they called off the engagement and parted ways.
What is Her Net Worth?
Jodie Sweetin’s net worth which was largely a subject of many speculations came to light during the court battle that followed her divorce from Morty Coyle. While Coyle claimed that the actress was earning as much as $700,000 per year, Jodie offered details of her finances which showed that her 2016 gross income was.
As culled from the financial documents she presented, her average monthly income was $43,614, and her monthly expenses at $15,262. This leaves her with $28,352 which wasn’t the only amount that makes the total value of her wealth. The documents listed assets which include a business account with $139,456.25 and other accounts that have a total sum of $9,449.
She has a fortune that is now estimated at $800,000. She came by her fortune from her career as an actress as well as from her 2009 memoir, unsweetened. Considering the number of years she has spent as an actress and her talent, Jodie should have naturally had a more robust net worth than what she records, but again, her drug abuse was a major factor that mitigated her growth in her career and in her earnings.