The Truth About Jodie Sweetin's Relationship With John Stamos

Jodie Sweetin didn't have the most typical childhood. From the age of five, she appeared as the middle Tanner sister, Stephanie, as part of the cast of the hit television show "Full House." By the time the sitcom ended, Sweetin had just turned 13 — essentially growing up in the limelight with her co-stars Candace Cameron Bure, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Andrea Barber. As an only child, "Full House" gave Sweetin the opportunity to experience life with siblings. "Coming to set every day and having Candace, and then Ashely and Mary-Kate, and then Andrea, and all those people ... I felt like I had all of these soul sisters and a bigger family," the actress told Romper in 2018.

Not only did she feel like she had a family on set with her on-screen sisters and friends, but Sweetin had the wisdom of Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos to guide her, too. Even when they weren't acting as Sweetin's father and uncles, the three actors took the young "Full House" cast members under their wing, and that bond has remained ever since. This is especially true of Sweetin's relationship with Stamos, who she grew even closer to after helping him get sober following a personal incident that deeply affected the actor (via Daily Mail).

John Stamos was arrested for a DUI in 2015

During an interview with Howard Stern in 2016 (via People), John Stamos opened up about his experience with excessive alcohol use — particularly after the death of his mother in 2014. "I could stop [drinking] on a dime. I could stop," he explained. "In the times that I went back, it just sort of deteriorated my life, and who I was, and my morals and my values. I lost myself, I lost my sense of discipline." This all came to a head in 2015, though, when Stamos was arrested on a DUI charge (via NBC News). He was sentenced to three years of probation, and the Los Angeles County Superior Court ordered Stamos to undertake a series of alcohol recovery programs, including counseling.

As the "Full House" actor completed these programs, his co-star, Jodie Sweetin, was there to support him every step of the way. In 2019, Stamos shared what his on-screen niece did for him while presenting Sweetin the Writers in Treatment's Experiences, Strength and Hope Award following the release of her memoir, per Variety. Sweetin also received the award due to her work as an advocate following her experiences with drug use.

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Jodie Sweetin became a certified alcohol and drug counselor

When "Full House" came to an end in 1995, Jodie Sweetin began a cycle of excessively using alcohol and drugs. During her teens and into her early 20s, Sweetin experimented with a variety of drugs, though she said that she eventually became addicted to methamphetamine (via The Sun). "Everything revolved around my addiction," Sweetin recalled during an interview with People (via E! News). "On a typical day I'd wake up and feel terrible because I hadn't done any. You don't even realize that it's taken over so quickly," the actress recalled.

By 2008, the former child star had achieved sobriety after going to rehab (per the International Association of Professional Recovery Coaches). She later went on to become a certified alcohol and drug counselor. Ultimately, it was this journey that led Sweetin to receive the Writers in Treatment's Experiences, Strength, and Hope Award from her friend and co-star, John Stamos, in 2019. According to Writers in Treatment, "The award recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry who share their honest journey from addiction to recovery." 

During Stamos' speech, he detailed how Sweetin helped him on his own journey toward sobriety. He revealed, "I hit rock bottom. Jodie lovingly allowed me to walk my own path and when I finally humbled myself to ask for your help, I realized that the perky little blabbermouth had become the master of wisdom and was right by my side during some of the most difficult days of my life," (per Variety).

John Stamos said Jodie Sweetin changed his life

As John Stamos presented the Writers in Treatment's Experiences, Strength, and Hope Award to Jodie Sweetin, he spoke about how she saved him from himself and emotionally discussed how instrumental she was to his overall well-being. Stamos stated during his speech, "Thank god, my wife and my new son will only know me as a sober husband and father, (via Variety). He added, "This is Jodie's legacy in my life." According to Variety, Sweetin was the one who "organized 12-step meetings" for her on-screen uncle while they were filming "Fuller House."

Sweetin's support helped Stamos achieve sobriety, for which he continues to credit her. In response to his praise, Sweetin shared how proud she was of what Stamos had overcome in his journey to sobriety. "It's been the greatest thing to watch someone that you love have the light come back on again," the actress said. Sweetin then went on to thank her parents for the role they similarly played in her life when it came to achieving her own sobriety. "To say that I am grateful to them is a word and a feeling far too small for what they gave me and the patience and the understanding and the unconditional love that it took to get me on this journey," she said (per Variety).

Jodie Sweetin said she's never had a crush on John Stamos

John Stamos continued to share his admiration of Jodie Sweetin on Instagram following the Writers in Treatment Awards ceremony. In the post, Stamos wrote about his astonishment at how "this little blonde scene-stealer in a side pony-tale [sic] would grow up and change so many lives." Stamos added: "Her sobriety is inspirational to say the least [...] you give so many people HOPE."

Speaking of that "little blonde scene-stealer," Sweetin shared an adorable anecdote about her relationship with Stamos a few years later — including whether she had a crush on him. During an interview with Allison Kugel for her podcast, "Allison Interviews," Sweetin said, "I've known John since I was 5. I've seen him roll into work in old T-shirts and sweatpants with holes in them, not looking all that cute," (via ET Canada). The actress went on to say, "He was always just John to me. I know him too well to think he's hot. He's a big dork and I love him."

Sweetin added that, because she knows John a little too well, she would never have developed a crush on him. "You get to know people so well that you're like, 'Oh my God! No, no, no,' when it comes to that stuff. I know he's good-looking, but I've seen some things, and that would be like having a weird crush on your uncle," she concluded.

The actress addressed rumors about herself and John Stamos

So, when rumors started to circulate that John Stamos and Jodie Sweetin had allegedly slept together in the past (via Us Weekly), Sweetin's response was unsurprising. In 2018, Sweetin had posted an adorable throwback of the pair to Instagram with a nostalgic comment to go with it. "My, my ... we've made quite the memories these last 30+ years! I can't believe you're about 10 years younger than I am currently in this photo," she wrote. "We were babies! (Well, I actually was ... haha)."

Among the good wishes, one user decided to respond by asking how Sweetin could "still say uncle to him when it's been reported that you slept with him." The actress, who usually doesn't respond to comments on social media, quickly reacted to the allegation. "Hahahah ... um ... what?!" she wrote. "Yeah ... that's def not true." Thankfully, that rumor died out quickly after Sweetin's candid response. Neither Sweetin nor Stamos have reacted any further to the speculation, which has since fizzled into oblivion.