Jonathan Rhys Meyers has broken his silence over the shocking pictures which appeared in British tabloids earlier this month, showing the actor drinking on a London street. The star of ‘Dracula’ and ‘The Tudors’ apologised for what he described as ‘a minor relapse’, adding that he feels ‘quite embarrassed’ about the incident.

Johnathan Rhys MeyersMeyers has apologised for his minor relapse.

Meyers used his fiancée Mara Lane's Instagram account to make the apology, writing it under a picture of the actress and producer shedding a single tear. “Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologise for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me,” Jonathan wrote.

“I stopped drinking immediately and it is no reflection on Damascus Cover as I was not meant to attend Cannes this year and I apologise to fans and colleagues. I am on the mend and thank well wishers and sorry for my disheveled appearance as I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I'm living a healthy life. Love and blessings.”

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In the pictures Meyers was seen leaving an off-licence with a bottle of vodka, which he then appeared to start drinking on the street. The 37 year old also looked extremely disheveled, with his jeans unbuttoned and noticeable stains on his clothing.

Meyers has had well documented struggle with alcohol in the past and has reportedly been in and out of rehab several times since 2002. But he appeared to have put his deamons behind him in 2013 when he landed the lead role in US TV series ‘Dracula’.

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Speaking about his problems with alcohol, Meyers told the Mirror in 2013, “I was wild, I was as wild as you can get. When you are on the front of newspapers for stupidity, getting drunk at airports, fighting with cops and stuff like that, you wake up the next day and you can hardly f***ing remember it.

“Responsibility gets diminished,” the actor added. “As you get older you see the stupid things you have done. It is not the consequences for yourself but your family get hurt, your friends get hurt.”