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Jason Ritter Tearfully Admits He Didn't Think He 'Deserved' Wife Melanie Lynskey Due To His Alcoholism

Lynskey and Ritter opened up about the beginning of their relationship during a poignant moment on 'The Drew Barrymore Show.'

Jason Ritter; Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter
'The Drew Barrymore Show'

Husband and wife Jason Ritter and Melanie Lynskey appeared on The Drew Barrymore Show together on Wednesday where Ritter revealed his relationship with The Last of Us actor had an "interesting" beginning due to his struggles with alcoholism at the time.

Ritter shared:

"I knew how incredible Melanie was early on. But it's not as cute of a story as you would like to think. It was messy and interesting and weird."
"But mixed in [with] the mix was I was dealing with some alcoholism issues."

Ritter told Barrymore, who struggled with alcoholism herself:

"At a point, I knew how amazing she was and I thought she would be incredible for someone who deserved her, basically."
"And I didn't feel like I was that person. I felt a little bit too crazy."

The Parenthood actor began to gain confidence in his commitment to Lysnkey after he stopped drinking in 2013.

"It was only after maybe a year into not drinking where I started to go, 'Oh, maybe I can promise some things to someone else."
"Maybe I can be this person."

Emotionally, he admitted:

"I knew that she was incredible."
"It was working on myself enough to feel like maybe I could be The One for her, too."

Lynskey, who was wiping away tears and grasping Ritter's hand gushed:

"He worked so hard."
"He did so much work on himself, I'm so proud of him."

You can watch the segment below.

Viewers of the emotional interview had similar reactions to the host.

Many also commended Ritter for his commitment and perseverance, many even sharing their own stories of overcoming their struggles with alcoholism.

Ritter's biggest supporter, the Yellowjackets star herself, also took to Twitter to praise her husband and Barrymore for their "vulnerability and openness," calling them "two of the kindest, strongest, best people I know."

At the end of the segment, Barrymore shared her hope in Ritter's message.

"I haven't had a drink in almost four years."
"The narrative that one creates is that, 'I can't be with someone.'"
"And I haven't been in a relationship since I stopped drinking, and I'm really looking forward to one day not having that bad girl narrative, the instability, the 'I'm not someone who's right to be with anyone for their sake' [feeling]."

Lynskey and Ritter eventually got married in 2020 after a three-year engagement. The two also welcomed a daughter in 2018.