Tom Hanks, Chet Hanks

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's son Chet Hanks shared important news with his followers: he secretly welcomed a baby girl.

Chet, who has been candid about his struggles with substance abuse, revealed the information in an emotional video on Instagram.

"I know I've been not that active on the 'Gram lately because I've been figuring out my life, which is what we're all doing, and social media's all bulls--t anyway. With that being said, I want to share something today because it's about to be shared anyway in the press, which is the fact that I have a daughter," he said in the video. "I do have a daughter. She's the best thing that's ever happened to me."

Chet credited his baby with helping him to get clean. "She's the reason why I turned my life around and got sober. I've been sober for over a year and a half from everything," he continued. "I don't share on her on Instagram. I don't post her on Instagram because her privacy is sacred to me. She is sacred to me. She is not something to be posted. She's something that I love, that's changed my life, but the fact is she's about to be shared with everybody so I wanted you to hear it from me...because I'm a real person." 

He ended the video with a candid admission about having to live his life in the spotlight despite his troubled past. "It hasn't been easy making all my mistakes in public but I'm figuring it out," he said. "I'm doing the best that I can. Love you."

Chet's captioned the video with another brief explanation. "No disrespect to people that post their kids, I just I never wanted her to be dragged into the negativity surrounding my past," he wrote.

Last year Chet, who had in the past gone by the rapper name Chet Haze, opened up about his substance abuse in another video. After reports claimed he had gone missing, Chet addressed the rumors.

"Hey I just want to say, I know, like, my name's been in the media about me like, going missing or getting kidnapped or something...I've been in rehab," he said. "I've been trying to get my s--t together and I'm doing pretty damn good, you know what I'm saying?

"I just had to really take a look at myself and my life and the way s--t was going and all the crazy, stupid s--t I was doing and just finally admit to myself that it wasn't working, and I had to try something new and that thing was to not do any drugs or alcohol," he added.

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