Over the last six weeks, Vanity Fair has spoken to more than a dozen people who crossed paths with Ezra Miller in recent years, as part of a report on the troubled actor. Some of those people worked closely or lived with the actor on the 95-acre farm in Vermont.
As we’ve earlier reported, the Flash star has sought treatment for “complex mental health issues” last month. According to a statement provided to Variety, Miller said, “Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment. I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.”
Three people (two of which have known Miller for over a decade), believe the his recent outbursts in Iceland were partly kindled by the emotional stress of the actor’s parents’ divorce in 2019 after decades of marriage. Miller’s father quickly remarried, the sources say. “Ezra didn’t start freaking out and losing control of themselves in public until after this happened,” says a longtime friend. “The Iceland incident happened, and then it just kept going and going and going and going.”
Miller’s spokesperson dismisses the idea that the divorce was a key factor. “The matters leading up to their recent mental health concerns were a combination of complex, stress-related issues.” Miller’s mother simply said, “The betrayal of the supposed media is stunning. It is your job to separate the false from the true.”
While in Iceland, Miller was accompanied by Jasper Young Bear, a 55-year-old North Dakota medicine man who the actor had hired as a spiritual adviser. Young Bear apparently told Ezra that he wasn’t a “part of the movement, he was the movement—that he was the next Messiah and that the Freemasons were sending demons out to kill him,” says a source.
According to the insider, the actor has grown increasingly narcissistic. The insider adds that they often choose young people to associate with because they are more impressionable. “He’d talk about the metaverse and the medicine and how they’re the Messiah and what his work is here. They say their spiritual practice is to be among the people—which means party. So, when in Iceland, he was out nonstop. His favorite were raves, where he’d go on benders for two or three days at a time.”
Miller claims that they were fated to be with teenage activistTokata Iron Eyes, to which a rep for Miller maintains that their relationship has always been platonic. “Ezra is Jesus, and Tokata’s an apocalyptic Native American spider goddess, and their union is supposed to bring about the apocalypse,” recaps one person interviewed by Vanity Fair. “And that’s the ‘real’ reason everyone is so opposed to them being together.” Iron Eyes’s mother, Jumping Eagle, also said, “They say they are some kind of messiah, and they’re going to lead an Indigenous revolution.” Miller has zero Native American ancestry.
Some people accuse Miller of weaponizing their gender identity for their benefit. “If somebody pisses off Ezra, they’re transphobic or a transphobic Nazi,” says Jumping Eagle. “Because we’re trying to protect our daughter and we’re trying to point out what Ezra’s done to harm our daughter, now we’re ‘transphobic.'”
A queer associate of Miller’s says, “To me, those are clear instances of manipulation, where it’s like, are you really queer? Or is that just a fun way to marginalize yourself so you can be even s—tier to others?” Miller’s rep calls this “completely untrue,” adding that the actor “stands up for civil rights, gender equality, encourages conversation and discourse, so weaponizing identity runs counter to who they are.”
Of the relationship with Iron Eyes, sources say Miller spun the relationship. “The story I heard was that [Iron Eyes] was fleeing a family background that was intolerant of their sexuality or gender identity,” says a longtime friend. “That’s a compelling story in 2022. I bought it.” Iron Eyes’s mother refutes this and told the publication, “We simply want Tokata to be independent, safe, and happy. We don’t want a 30-year-old man or person manipulating and/or taking advantage of her.”
Miller is scheduled to appear in Vermont court next week (September 26) for an arraignment on a felony burglary charge related to the alleged breaking and entering and theft of alcohol. Miller’s representative says the actor was cooking with their mother, needed rice wine and grabbed that and another bottle of wine from the home of a close childhood friend. The rep says Miller did not realize that the friend didn’t want to be friends anymore.
The Flash is set to open in theaters on June 23, 2023.