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American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis reveals his boyfriend of 14 years has been committed to a psych ward for THREE MONTHS – after being arrested for breaking into neighbor’s home at their luxury LA building during ‘drug-induced breakdown’


American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has revealed that his longtime boyfriend has been committed to a psychiatric rehabilitation facility for three months – just days after he was arrested and charged for trespassing in a neighbor’s home while suffering a ‘drug-induced breakdown’.   

Todd Michael Schultz, 37, who has been with the famed writer, 59, for over 14 years, was arrested last week at the swanky West Hollywood condo the couple share after entering a neighbor’s apartment and ‘ransacking’ her things’, according to People.

The incident followed what Ellis has now revealed was a ten-year battle with drug addiction, during which time Schultz also announced his plans to run for President in a bizarre social media video shared in November of last year. 

Speaking about his partner’s struggles in a lengthy Instagram post, Ellis opened up about the musician’s decline and subsequent arrest, admitting that Schultz is currently receiving treatment in a rehab facility, but that he has no knowledge ‘of where he is or why he is there’. 

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis (left) has revealed his partner of 14 years, Thomas Michael Schultz (right) has been committed to a psych ward after a 'drug-induced breakdown'

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis (left) has revealed his partner of 14 years, Thomas Michael Schultz (right) has been committed to a psych ward after a ‘drug-induced breakdown’ 

Ellis, 59, posted a statement to his Instagram on Tuesday, days after Schultz, 37, was arrested for trespassing in a neighbor's home inside their swanky West Hollywood condo building

Ellis, 59, posted a statement to his Instagram on Tuesday, days after Schultz, 37, was arrested for trespassing in a neighbor’s home inside their swanky West Hollywood condo building 

‘He was arrested and is now in lockdown in a psych ward still, days later, unaware of where he is or why he’s there,’ Ellis explained.

‘He has a support team and once he is released from the psych ward he will automatically be placed into a long-term dual psychiatric-rehab facility,’ he continued.

According to Ellis, Schultz has been struggling with drug addiction for the past decade, with the author writing that the musician has been ‘in its increasing grip’ for ten years now, while opening up about his own family’s battle with substance abuse. 

‘I lost my youngest sister to a combination of both last August (she died at 53) and my father’s struggles with alcoholism led to his death at 50 in 1992,’ he wrote. 

‘And my partner of fourteen years has been in its increasing grip for the last decade culminating in a full blown drug-induced psychotic breakdown last week.’ 

He went on to admit that he has struggled with towing the ‘thin line between loving someone and enabling them,’ adding: ‘It is a complicated dance when you’re living with an addict with mental health issues [who] you love and care about: they CAN convince you that everything is fine, and YOU are blinded because you want to believe it too and avoid the pain and stress and heartbreak that comes with your ultimate understanding of the situation – that awful clarify you don’t want to face.’

Ellis also admitted that he’d been forced to kick the ‘out of control addict’ out of their shared condo back in 2021.

At the time, the author ‘demanded [Schultz] place himself in a recovery facility for three and a half months’.

After being released from treatment, during the early part of 2022, Schultz found employment, was medicated, and had started seeing a therapist, claims Ellis.

'He was arrested and is now in lockdown in a psych ward still, days later, unaware of where he is or why he's there,' Ellis explained

‘He was arrested and is now in lockdown in a psych ward still, days later, unaware of where he is or why he’s there,’ Ellis explained

Schultz's bizarre behavior included an attempt to run for President of the United States as the Republican nominee

Schultz’s bizarre behavior included an attempt to run for President of the United States as the Republican nominee

However, it didn’t last long, with Ellis stating that ‘something started creeping back in’ that eventually culminated in Schultz’s trespassing arrest in West Hollywood last week.

Following his arrest, Schultz was held on $51,000 bail, according to The Los Angeles Times, which cited police. 

According to the New York Times, Schultz is currently being held inside the psychiatric ward of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Downtown Los Angeles.

He was due to appear in court on Friday, but it was rescheduled because, according to Ellis, Schultz was ‘in no position’ to attend court.

Despite detailing his partner’s many struggles in his Instagram post, Ellis suggested that he plans to stand by him, ending the emotional statement by writing: ‘I don’t think it’s too late for him and I hope to know that Todd I first met in 2010 again.’

Ellis’ emotional Instagram post was met with an outpouring of support from his celebrity friends and followers.

‘Sending you love, empathy and compassion,’ wrote fashion designer Marc Jacobs.

Former RHONY star Leah McSweeney commented, ‘Watching loved ones suffer from addiction and mental health issues was way more painful than me dealing with my own. And that is no easy feat.

‘I hope you both receive understanding and compassion. The world needs more of both of these things when it comes to addiction/mental health.’

Ellis published American Psycho in 1991 and it wasn't long before the novel made him a literary sensation

Ellis published American Psycho in 1991 and it wasn’t long before the novel made him a literary sensation

Director Eli Roth wrote, ‘love you both’, while author Cat Marnell commented, ‘sending Todd the Magic Mountain-esque healing properties.’

Schultz was an aspiring pop singer who released several music videos, including the singles Games and Sailor Moon.

In a bizarre turn, Schultz launched a political campaign to become the Republican nominee for President of the United States in November.

On his official campaign website, Schultz promised to ‘revitalize the American individual through community workshops dedicated to an array of skillsets, with grants given for qualified workshop leaders and teachers.’

He also had a goal for every family of four living in Los Angeles to earn $200,000 a year under his administration as part of his ‘The Revival of The Middle Class Act’.

Ellis, from Los Angeles, had his first novel published at just 21.

He published American Psycho in 1991 and it wasn’t long before the novel – which focuses on psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman who picks up women and then butchers them after sex – became a literary sensation.

In 2000 it was made into a successful Hollywood film starring Christian Bale.

Ellis’ most recent novel, The Shards, is currently being turned into a HBO series by famed Italian director Luca Guadagnino.

Bret Easton Ellis’ full statement 

What happened to my partner last week here in West Hollywood affected a lot of people and I want to provide some clarification and perspective.

For a long time I was simply blind, not grasping the severity of Todd’s situation and how ill he actually was. Mental-health issues and drug addiction have seemingly affected every family I’ve known, including my own. 

I lost my youngest sister to a combination of both last August (she died at 53) and my father’s struggles with alcoholism led to his death at 50 in 1992. And my partner of fourteen years has been in its increasing grip for the last decade culminating in a full blown drug-induced psychotic breakdown last week. 

He was arrested and is now in lockdown in a psych ward still, days later, unaware of where he is or why he’s there.

There is a thin line between loving someone and enabling them – you don’t realize it fully until it smacks you in the face. The tough love approach you dread as the partner of an out-of-control addict happened to us first in 2021 when I kicked Todd out of the condo we shared and demanded he place himself in a recovery facility for three and a half months, which he did -grudgingly, forced by me because he had no other financial options left. 

But recovering addicts have told me that THEY had to make the decision to get help and being forced by others never worked. Maybe a little but not fully.

Todd had always been someone who I thought was eccentric and erratic but functioning. Due to our age difference we lived semi-separate lives even though we lived together – he had his life and I had mine and they would intersect for long conversations about books, watching movies, having meals. I often wasn’t aware that there was another Todd. 

People would tell me about his social media rants, worried, and as the enabler I would say ‘Oh that’s just Todd’ or ‘That’s just performance art’ and shrug it off not knowing how unhinged he could get.

The feelings you have for this person who is so obviously in pain blind you to getting them the help they need and if you’re a couple YOU become the problem as well by not facing the reality of the situation and getting them that help. 

With Todd sometimes it was apparent there was a mania present and then weeks when there wasn’t. Days where he would quietly sit at his desk or read Thomas Mann and drink tea and watch movies with me. Where he seemed not only sane and utterly normal but fun and engaging. That was the Todd I sometimes lived with. Until I realized, too late, I wasn’t anymore.

After he got out of rehab the first half of 2022 was OK – he had a job, he was taking his meds, he was seeing a therapist, he was calm. But then ‘something’ started creeping back in and in 2023 it built and built until, like the summer of 2021, was impossible to enable anymore, leading to his meltdown and arrest. 

The mania – caused by both mental health issues and drugs – finally blew up in OUR faces. Yes, I had heard from people earlier, years earlier, that Todd was becoming a problem. But I was also a problem by deflecting and not taking action, lost in my own world.

He has a support team and once he is released from the psych ward he will automatically be placed into a long term dual psychiatric-rehab facility. 

It is a complicated dance when you’re living with an addict with mental health issues and you love and care about: they CAN convince you that everything is fine, and YOU are blinded because you want to believe it too and avoid the pain and stress and heartbreak that comes with your ultimate understanding of the situation – that awful clarity you don’t want to face.

There are those of you who reached out and told me how much they loved and cared about Todd and saw the Todd that is loving and funny and intelligent and has so much potential and talent and that’s the Todd I mostly knew – and not the ‘crazy’ and ‘vindictive’ and ‘insane’ Todd lashing out at everyone on his videos and livestreams – which I never and still haven’t watched. 

I don’t think it’s too late for him and I hope to know that Todd I first met in 2010 again.



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