This former A- lister for the tween/teen crowd is doing rehab to give himself cover when the new child endangerment charges come down.
Drake Bell and Wife Janet Von Schmeling Separated ‘Months Ago’ as Actor Seeks Substance Abuse Help
Drake Bell and his wife Janet Von Schmeling have separated.
A source tells PEOPLE the actress, 28, left the former Nickelodeon star, “a few months ago.” The two married in 2018 after dating for five years and share one child together, a son.
While the former couple have gone their separate ways, being parents is still a top priority, the insider tells PEOPLE.
“Janet is devoted to raising their son,” the source says. “Drake and Janet are committed to maintaining a peaceful co-parenting relationship and giving their son the best life possible.”
News of their split comes weeks after photos and video of Bell, 36, seemingly inhaling balloons in his car while parked at a California vape shop were published by the Daily Mail in December. One of two photographed occasions saw Bell’s young son in the backseat.
According to the source, Bell is now getting outpatient help for substance abuse. “Drake needed to take time to get help and focus on his health,” the insider says. – Source
How Drake Bell Is Reportedly Moving Forward After Splitting From His Wife Amid Legal Issues
2021 proved to be a turbulent year for actor and musician Drake Bell. The former Nickelodeon star was charged with attempted child endangerment and more due to an alleged 2017 incident. Shortly after that, it was revealed that Bell not only had a wife but a child as well. The star eventually pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to probation and required to complete hundreds of hours of community service. Now, it would seem that Bell and his spouse have split, and a new report provides alleged details on how he and his family are seeking to move forward.
Drake Bell’s personal issues have been a topic of discussion as early as 2015 when he was arrested for driving under the influence in California. He ultimately pleaded not guilty and was sentenced to four days in jail. Bell was also in the news in 2020 after Melissa Lingafelt, an ex-girlfriend, accused him of verbal and physical abuse. In his own statement, Bell admitted to having engaged in name-calling with his ex, though he denied having physically abused her.
And as mentioned, in 2021, the star was arrested and charged with attempted endangering of children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The alleged victim – who was 15 at the time – allegedly met up with the star at a concert in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. It was argued by prosecutors that he “violated his duty of care” during the encounter. Shortly after the Amanda Show veteran pleaded guilty to the charges, the young woman also accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was underage. While the former child star was seemingly facing a hefty amount of jail time, he would be sentenced to two years of probation and be handed 200 hours of community service. – Source
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