‘Love & Hip Hop: This Star Dated Tom Hanks’ Son

Perplexed by a video of him that was posted on social media after the 2020 Golden Globes, the internet is buzzing about Chet Hanks, the son of actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. Their son, known for some problematic behavior, also dated a Love & Hip Hop star a few years ago.

TV personalities Hazel-E, Lil Fizz, Amanda Secor, Nikki Mudarris and Teairra Mari attend the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Premiere Event on September 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California | Jesse Grant/Get
TV personalities Hazel-E, Lil Fizz, Amanda Secor, Nikki Mudarris and Teairra Mari attend the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood Premiere Event on September 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for VH1

Chet Hanks dated someone from ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’

In September 2014, Hanks was first linked to rapper, former publicist, and Love & Hip Hop star Hazel E. Around this time, they also began posting pictures with each other on social media.

She also reportedly spoke about her relationship with Hanks in an interview about a month later. “I’m not so quick to put titles on things these days. He’s a friend of mine, a very new friend of mine. He’s a talented guy he comes from an epic family, of course. We’re playing together and we might…we work. I don’t necessarily want to put everything all in one basket again so me and Chet are friends and we’re hanging out and it’s fun right now,” she said.

Hanks would go on to confirm that the two had been in a relationship in a 2017 interview with Hollywood Unlocked.

Chet Hanks’ problematic history and why he’s trending now

Hanks started trending after Sunday night’s Golden Globes after a video surfaced online of him speaking Jamaican patois.

The video sparked a flurry of negative reactions on Twitter. “Imagine living an intentionally positive and great, giving life and you end up with Chet Hanks as your son,” said one person.

Another added, “would give anything for the mindless confidence of chet hanks.”

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This isn’t the first time that Hanks has been problematic in the public eye. He once attempted to be a rapper and defended his usage of the n-word. In a now-deleted Instagram post, he said: “I do say the n word in real life amongst my black friends who get me and can’t nobody tell me I can’t say what the f**k I feel like no disrespect to the struggle of black ppl during the civil rights movement but it’s 2015 now.”

He continued, “You can hate me or love me for it, but can’t nobody tell me what I can or can’t say. It’s got nothing to do with trying to be a thug. It’s about the culture of the music. And that’s all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol. It’s all love. Some people will get it, some people won’t. Either way, Ima keep living my life however the f**k I want. ALL LOVE.”

Hanks later walked back his comments, saying he was trolling and on drugs when he defended his words. He said, “Number one, I was on a lot of drugs … I wanted to be, like, down, you know what I mean? I just felt like I wasn’t enough. Low-key, like subconsciously, looking back on it now I realize I was trolling. I thought, like, crazy antics and just wilding the f**k out and doing some crazy s—t was going to like spark my career. I did the ultimate lame thing,” he said. “I did the ultimate cornball thing. And that s**t wasn’t cool.”

, saying he was trolling and on drugs when he defended his words. He said, “Number one, I was on a lot of drugs … I wanted to be, like, down, you know what I mean? I just felt like I wasn’t enough. Low-key, like subconsciously, looking back on it now I realize I was trolling. I thought, like, crazy antics and just wilding the f**k out and doing some crazy s—t was going to like spark my career. I did the ultimate lame thing,” he said. “I did the ultimate cornball thing. And that s**t wasn’t cool.”