Jonathan Rhys Meyers Apologizes for 'Minor Relapse' After Drinking Photos Surface: 'This Was Just a Blip in My Recovery'

The actor shared an apologetic message to fans via his fiancée's Instagram

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers admits that his road to recovery hasn’t been smooth.

The Irish star, 37, apologized to fans and followers after photographs of Meyers drinking in London emerged earlier this month. The images surfaced as his new spy thriller Damascus Cover was being presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The Tudors actor issued a statement via his fiancée Mara Lane’s Instagram account to explain that his behavior was a rare exception – and was not a reflection of the movie.

“I apologize for having a minor relapse and hope that people don’t think too badly of me. I stopped drinking immediately and it is no reflection on Damascus Cover as I was not meant to attend Cannes this year and I apologize to fans and colleagues,” he wrote in the post.

In the lengthy caption beside a close-up photo of Lane, Meyers also said that he is headed toward recovery, despite the “blip.”

“I am on the mend and thank well wishers and sorry for my disheveled appearance as I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed. I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I’m living a healthy life.”

This is not the first relapse for the Dracula actor, who has battled alcohol addiction for many years. He has been in and out of rehab dating back to early 2005.

In November 2009, Meyers was arrested for public intoxication at the Dublin airport. He was detained by police after a similar incident the following June at a Paris airport after allegedly assaulting an airport lounge employee while intoxicated. He returned to rehab in May 2010.

“This has been an ongoing battle for him,” a source told PEOPLE at the time.

The Match Point actor was found on the floor of his home in London four years ago and hospitalized shortly after.

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