Bam Margera has spoken to his five-year-old son, Phoenix, as he continues to try to get clean at a rehab center run by Lamar Odom.
The Jackass alum, 43, is turning to his son as his source of motivation to get and stay sober, sources said TMZ Tuesday, after a difficult period for the TV personality in recent months.
The Viva La Bam star has reached an agreement with estranged wife Nicole Boyd, 39, to communicate with Phoenix, her lawyer David Glass told the outlet.
Margera and his son have been using FaceTime to chat for about five minutes at a time, supervised by one of the reality star’s therapists.
Margera has not communicated directly with Boyd due to the ongoing tension between the two following her divorce filing.
The latest: Bam Margera, 43, has spoken to his five-year-old son Phoenix as he continues to try to get clean at a rehabilitation center run by Lamar Odom
Margera was released from a mental hospital earlier this month after being admitted to a 5150 mental institution, and headed straight to a rehab center to detox at one of the Odom Wellness Treatment Centers run by the NBA alum, sources said. TMZ.
Margera was located by authorities on June 4 at a Trejo’s Tacos location in Los Angeles and taken in for a 5150 psychiatric arrest after threatening on social media to take his own life if he was unable to reunite with his son.
Margera had taken to social media on May 30 in a clip he later deleted claiming he would smoke crack until he died unless he could see his son, saying, “I haven’t seen Phoenix in two months — I have to waking up every day knowing that I probably won’t talk to him or see him.”
In the clip, Margera was critical of Boyd for not letting him talk to their son, as well as his parents April and Phil Margera, who said they were urging him to drink.
“I’m gonna smoke crack with the bums on the goddamn boardwalk until I’m dead unless you get me goddamn Phoenix,” he said in the clip. “Go to work Nikki, or whoever wants to help. I want Phoenix.’
Margera’s attorney Peter W. Thompson told TMZ last month that Boyd had taken steps to lock Margera off from Phoenix for the past two months amid their pending lawsuits.
Boyd has not allowed Margera to communicate with his child via phone or FaceTime, Thompson said at the time, adding that the last time the Viva La Bam star had contact with his child was on March 29 during a personal visit in California .
That interaction didn’t go well, as did Margera seen in a clip on the site arguing with Boyd at a restaurant in Burbank, California over time spent with the child. The Jackass alum was arguing with Boyd in the clip, telling her, “Phoenix has a mind of its own. Let him have his own opinion!’
Margera, Boyd and their son were featured in a previously posted Instagram photo
Margera and his son use FaceTime to chat for about five minutes at a time under the supervision of one of the reality star’s therapists
Lamar Odom visited the Jackass alum earlier this month at the medical facility where he was being held to extend the offer to stay at one of his facilities during his difficult times
Insiders told the outlet that Margera is focused on rehabilitating herself for the sake of his five-year-old son Phoenix, who he shares with his estranged wife Nicole Boyd, 39
He was next arrested for public intoxication in the aftermath of the incident.
That was the last time Margera had any communication with his son, Thompson told the outlet.
Boyd and Margera separated in 2021 and in September of that year Boyd went to court to seek full custody of their son.
Boyd filed for legal separation from Margera in Los Angeles last February, saying the cause was irreconcilable differences, and asked the court to award her spousal support, as well as legal and physical custody of their child.
Thompson told the outlet that Margera and Boyd had unsuccessfully tried to set up a routine where he would talk to his son via FaceTime, but it never worked out.
Margera’s camp said they find it “completely unreasonable” for Boyd not to record the FaceTime or phone calls he made because it poses no danger to the child, the outlet reported.
Margera has made headlines in recent months amid a flurry of legal issues, including an altercation with his brother, who accused him of drug use. He had denied the allegations
Margera complained to the court about the matter, and Boyd replied that she was fine with him visiting the child, provided they took place in California, where she lives, and he was sober.
Sources told the outlet that Margera continues to pay Boyd’s house and car expenses, and that he remains willing to work out an arrangement with Boyd and her attorneys for any level of communication.
Boyd’s attorney David Glass cited Margera’s behavior in his response to the outlet.
“From Nikki’s perspective, Bam’s continued instability is what makes it difficult to connect him and Phoenix,” Glass said. “But Nikki remains open to regular FaceTime communication, as long as Bam is not disturbed during the conversations, and as long as Bam doesn’t belittle Nikki during the conversations.”
Margera has made headlines in recent months amid a flurry of legal issues, including an altercation with his brother, who accused him of drug use. Margera had denied the allegations.
Odom visited the Jackass alum earlier this month at the medical facility where he was being held to extend the offer to stay at one of his facilities during his trying times.
Insiders told TMZ that the one-time MTV star was “amenable to going to rehab” and “hugged” with Odom during the meeting.
Odom has opened three treatment facilities across the country, two of which are located in Southern California, the outlet reported. They include Project West in San Diego, Wavelengths in Huntington Beach, California, and Gold Bridge Addiction Center in Louisburg, Kansas.