If you're familiar with Chet Haze, it's probably because social media has basically reduced the rapper son of Tom Hanks to a living meme.
Obviously, it's easy to poke fun at the white, privileged offspring of one of America's most celebrated nice-guy actors when the guy chooses to speak with an "urban" accent and previously made the unfortunate decision to pepper his speech with n-bombs.
But, it's also easy to forget that Chet is a human being who seems to be making an effort to change himself for the better.
After struggling with substance abuse, Chet is sober now; he's carved out a decent acting career for himself, with a recurring part on the Showtime series Shameless, and is his fans learned yesterday, Haze has been a father for quite some time.
Chet made the revelation in an Instagram video posted yesterday.
He began with an apology for his absence from the 'Gram:
"I've been figuring out my life, which is what we're all doing, and social media is all bullsh-t," Chet tells the camera.
"I want to share something today because it's about to be shared anyway in the press, which is the fact that I have a daughter," he went on to say.
"it hasn't been easy making all my mistakes in public. But I'm figuring it out."
"She’s not something to be posted,” he explained.
“She’s something that I love, that’s changed my life but the fact is she’s about to be shared with everybody so I wanted you to hear it from me.”
Haze checked into rehab last year, and he credits his daughter with his decision to turn his life around:
"She's the reason why I turned my life around and got sober," he says. "I've been sober -- for over a year and a half -- from everything."
No word on how old the girl is, but our very belated congrats go out to Chet on becoming a dad, as well as to Tom on the new granddaughter!