Former pro skateboarder and Jackass star Bam Margera has never been shy about his personal struggles. But sadly, his decades-long cycle of self-destruction and rehabilitation has recently made headlines again. Margera was set to star in Jackass 4, but castmates and producers gave him an ultimatum: go to rehab first, or you’re out. By February, he was officially booted from the production for refusing to abide by the rules. It’s unfortunate that the franchise fixture will be missing from the upcoming movie, but it’s also not a surprise. Let’s revisit his controversial history to determine how Bam Margera’s wife, net worth, and health are doing in 2021.
Bam Margera Was An MTV Star On ‘Jackass’ And ‘Viva La Bam’ In The 2000s
Margera was a pop culture icon in the 2000s. The West Chester, Pennsylvania native—whose popularity was once limited to skateboarding circles—rose to mainstream fame on MTV’s Jackass and its spin-off, Viva La Bam.
Margera had everything going for him—name recognition, lucrative brand sponsorships, and side careers as a radio host and music video director. But over time, his TV appearances brought more concerns than laughs.
In 2016, he appeared with his mom April on VH1’s Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn. On the show, they candidly addressed Margera’s alcoholism and other self-destructive behaviors. And in 2019, he appeared on an episode of Dr. Phil to deal with his emotional and substance issues. Check out a segment from the show to see where he was at just a couple of years ago.
Bam Margera Struggled Coping With The Death Of Ryan Dunn
Many say Margera’s downward spiral began after the death of his best friend, Ryan Dunn. Dunn was tragically killed in a drunk driving incident in 2011. He was a regular on Jackass and Viva La Bam and was often seen playing pranks on Margera.
Grieving his friend, Margera turned to alcohol to numb the pain. According to a 2017 Q&A with Vice, he also developed bulimia.
“I think the reason I started throwing up was because I learned how to do it and at the end of the night I always felt like I drank too much, and if I’m drunk, I’ll stuff my fucking face with spaghetti. I would eat it, barf it all up, and it was like, I got my fill… but it was all pretty much due to alcohol.”
Margera has been in and out of treatment centers for his myriad problems, but sadly, he still hasn’t bottomed out. In a 2017 interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Margera put some of the blame for his behaviors on the demands of his career.
“It took me four beers to even feel normal,” he said. “People go to rehab because drinking made them lose their job and their wife. My job is to do dumb [stuff] and the more shots of Crown Royal I’d do, the braver I’d be. Drinking helped me get paid. I’ve come to terms with the fact that it doesn’t take drinking to be funny, but it took me a long time to figure that out.”
Two years later, the same publication reported an update from Margera, who was then on his third stint in rehab.
“I have spent enough time grieving over Ryan Dunn through alcohol,” Margera wrote in a journal entry. “I am 39 years old, the party is over.”
Fans were relieved when he declared, “I don’t plan on drinking anymore.”
In 2021, Margera Had A Breakdown On Instagram Live
Margera seemed to fade out of the spotlight after his appeal to Dr. Phil. But In February 2021, he resurfaced in a disturbing video tirade. In it, he admits that he drank a glass of wine and seven beers before filming.
Margera was upset about the situation with Jackass 4. He said producers put him through “hell on wheels” by making him go to rehab (again) and submitting to drug tests.
“If anybody cares about me, don’t go see their movie because I will make mine way [expletive] radder if you just Venmo me a dollar. Just a buck,” he implored in the video.
In a separate clip, he mentioned having suicidal thoughts. He flashed the camera at his wife and said the couple had started a new chapter in a new town after she discovered him looking for ways to tie a noose on the internet.
It sounds like his castmates and colleagues had his best interests in mind, but they ultimately decided to drop him from the film. And as production for Jackass 4 moves forward, Margera has continued to call out his former castmates.
In a video posted to his Instagram in May, he talked about how he headed to Florida to seek help from a “very special lady.” He doubled down about his hard feelings against his former castmembers, saying that his Jackass family abandoned him. He eventually narrows his focus down to Johnny Knoxville and Jackass director Jeff Tremaine.
Steve-O jumped into the comments to give his side of the story:
“Bam— the two people you’re saying wronged you (Knoxville and Tremaine) are the same two people who organized the intervention which saved my life. Everyone bent over backwards to get you in the movie, and all you had to do was not get loaded. You’ve continued to get loaded, it’s that simple. We all love you every bit as much as we all say we do, but nobody who really loves you can enable or encourage you to stay sick.”
‘Jackass’ Director Jeff Tremaine Filed A Restraining Order Against Bam Margera
In the midst of the drama on Instagram, Jackass director Jeff Tremaine took legal steps to distance himself from Margera. In June, he was granted a three-year restraining order that requires Margera to cease contact with the director and stay at least 100 yards away from him and his family.
Tremaine is the co-creator and director of Jackass. He’s worked alongside the Jackass crew as a director, producer, and writer for all of their projects. He’s also had his hand in other MTV shows, like Nitro Circus and Ridiculousness.
All of that to say, he has a long history with Margera just like the cast we see on camera. But according to TMZ, Margera began harassing Tremaine starting in February, which aligns with the timeline of getting booted from the movie.
In the court documents obtained by TMZ, Tremaine expressed a fear for his and his family’s personal safety due to Margera’s social media activity and a series of threatening texts, where the Viva La Bam star urged Tremaine to sign a contract he wrote.
One of the most alarming texts that Tremaine received said, “Look at your children and grab your pocket book and write a check, if you are greedy, and cheap, look at your children again. If you don‘t sign the paper, look at your children.”
Page Six reported that in addition to the threatening texts, Tremaine told the court that he had had first-hand experience with Margera’s struggle with mental health and sobriety throughout the course of their 20-year friendship. But when Margera began making the threats and involving Tremaine’s family, it crossed a line.
Is Bam Margera Still With His Wife in 2021?
Margera is married to Nicole Boyd. The couple tied the knot in 2013 and have one son, 3-year-old Phoenix Wolf.
Margera was previously wed to Missy Rothstein. The two documented their wedding plans in MTV’s 2007 series Bam’s Unholy Union. However, the marriage quickly fell apart due to Margera’s drinking and infidelity. The couple separated in 2010, and their divorce was finalized in 2012.
As for Boyd, she remains by her husband’s side. As recently as February, she posted a pic of the family on Instagram.
He Also Threw A Wild Demolition Party
Despite his troubles, Margera somehow manages to stay true to his brand. In early April, he hosted an impromptu demolition party at his soon-to-be torn-down home in Los Angeles. As we’ve previously reported, partygoers “used hatchets, axes, bats, and more to blast through walls, which sometimes had blissfully unaware people standing on the other side.”
We guess he’ll eventually retreat to his Pennsylvania home, Castle Bam. The property was also the site of epic ragers—at least until the local township signed an order banning him from hosting future events.
Last we learned from Dr. Phil, Margera’s mom, April, was remodeling Castle Bam to use as an Airbnb. She was concerned that her son had brought too many “transient people” to keep him company. But Margera insisted that having them around kept him from feeling depressed and alone.
What Is Bam Margera’s Net Worth In 2021?
Margera was once estimated to be worth $45 million, but his bad-boy behavior has left him without any sponsorships. Now, without extra Jackass revenue (he said the latest film would have paid $5 million), his situation is even worse.
In 2020, his net worth was an estimated $20 million, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it were less than that today. Sure, he might get residuals, but he’s also resorted to asking for one-dollar donations on Venmo. And then there are unforeseen expenses. For instance, he claims to have burned through $90,000 of his own money to go to rehab.
Bam’s journey has been tough, and it’s a shame that the latest update on him isn’t more optimistic. But just as Dr. Phil encouraged him not to give up, we remain hopeful that he regroups for the sake of himself and his family.