Shia LaBeouf has revealed his mother died recently in the midst of the controversy surrounding his brief stint in Don’t Worry Darling.
The actor, 36, had become embroiled in drama after director Olivia Wilde claimed she had fired Shia from Don’t Worry Darling, however Shia hit back to say that he had chosen to quit the movie after struggling to match schedules with the other actors for rehearsals.
Shia had been due to take the lead male role in the film but was later replaced by Harry Styles.
Messages and videos were later leaked in which Olivia appeared to address the situation and appeared to try and convince Shia to stay on the project, which the director later said ‘lacked context’.
Shia has now revealed that his mother, Shayna Saide, died on August 27 at the age of 80, with the actor being by her side in hospital in Los Angeles in the midst of the controversy.
He told the Hollywood Reporter: ‘My mother was full of fear in her last moments: asking the doctor what this tube was and what that machine did. She was frantic.
‘She was deeply interested in God and spirituality her whole life, but she didn’t know him. Hence her last moments. Her greatest gift to me was to promote, in her dying, the necessity of a relationship with God. Not an interest, not just a belief, but a relationship built on proof as tangible as a hug.’
Shia added: ‘Her last gift to me was the ultimate persuasion for faith. She was a good girl. She was loved by many and known by too few. God bless you, Momma.’
The actor had previously revealed he ‘became a Christian man’ in 2014 during the making of Fury and has now adopted Catholicism while preparing for his upcoming movie Padre Pio.
As well as the back and forth between Shia and Olivia, the Don’t Worry Darling had also faced further speculation over whether there was a rift between Olivia and lead actress Florence Pugh and questions over whether Olivia and Harry Styles had split after the pair did not appear to interact or stand near one another at promotional events.
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