There are a good number of actors, not only Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, who have as many antics off-screen as they do on screen. One of such people is Shia Labeouf who since starting his career as a child actor has appeared in many movies and TV shows just as he has been involved in many controversies including criminal trespass, public intoxication, and more which he attributed to experiences he had when he was growing up.
Shia Labeouf Biography
On June 11, 1986, the actor was born Shia Saide LaBeouf in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Shayna Saide LaBeouf, is of Polish and Russian descent and a daughter an artist and performer while his father Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf was a soldier who fought in the Vietnam War. His father who is of French descent had had drug addiction problems and various run-ins with the law.
The actor had a childhood he described as hippy with both his “weird” parents whom he loves dearly. Nonetheless, owing to financial problems, they later got divorced and he moved on with his mother who struggled financially in Echo Park to raise him as a single mother. At a point in his childhood, his uncle wanted to adopt him because of the financial problems of his parents.
His career as an entertainer began in 1996 and he would rise pretty fast, but there would later be many controversies that he would get into. In 2017 Labeouf was sued by a bartender after a verbal altercation that the bartender termed defamation and assault for which he wanted to be paid $5 million in damages. The actor also got arrested for public intoxication and was sent to rehab.
As his problems piled, Shia revealed he is suffering from PSTD as a result of an experience in his childhood when he witnessed his mother being sexually assaulted by a man that was never caught.
Following in the creative path of his mother who is a visual artist, LaBeouf began performing as a stand-up comedian when he was only 10 in 1996. He began performing and then acting so as to help his family which was completely broke.
In 1998, he appeared in two films, The Christmas Path and Monkey Business and two TV shows, Caroline in the City and Breakfast with Einstein. 1999 was a busier year for him on TV as he got to appear in an episode of 4 different shows. He became famous in the early 2000s with an appearance in Even Stevens as Louis Anthony Stevens.
He also acted in many films including Holes (2003), I, Robot (2004), The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005), Transformers (2007), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Borg vs McEnroe (2017), and The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019).
More than just an actor, he is also a film director and writer. He is the writer of the 2019 film Honey Boy which he also appears in as James Lort. In his career thus far, Shia LaBeouf has received a number of awards and many more nominations. He won two Teen Choice Awards, a Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, BAFTA Awards, and an Emmy Awards.
Wife and Family Life
When it comes to his family life, Shia LaBeouf has been married once in the past. In 2012 while shooting Nymphomaniac, he met English actress and model, Mia Goth. After dating for some time, the two eloped in 2016 to Las Vegas where they got married in a ceremony that was live streamed and officiated by an Elvis Presley impostor. Although it was later said the marriage was not legal, Shia claimed they were indeed married. In 2018, the couple announced that they were getting divorced on amicable grounds.
Mia Goth is the only woman he has attempted to share the rest of his life with, in marriage, but he has dated a good number of women in the past. After the union ended, the actor got into another relationship with British singer FKA Twigs after meeting on the set of Honey Boy in September 2018.
The first woman he was publicly known to have dated is singer, songwriter, actress, and model Hilary Duff as far back as 2002. The next year, he was linked to yet another singer and actress Kiely Williams. Actress-turned-psychologist China Brezner was the woman he dated from 2004 to 2007.
The Transformers actor was then linked in 2007 to Barbadian singer Rihanna but they did not last more than just one date as the spark was not there. While filming Transformers in 2008, he met actress and model Megan Fox whom he dated for a while. The other women he subsequently dated are Carey Mulligan in 2010, Karolyn Pho from 2010 to 2012, and Kate Mara before he met Mia Goth.
Shia Labeouf has a net worth that is estimated at $25 million. This is a great leap from his life as a kid that his family almost went on welfare. He made his wealth mainly from his career as an actor.