John Stamos Gets Candid About Rehab Stint, Losing His Mom: “She Was the Love of My Life”

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John Stamos opened up about his recent stint in rehab and the loss of his mom, Loretta, during an appearance on the Today show John Sciulli/Getty Images

Back and better than ever! John Stamos is ready to get to work following his rehab stint this past summer. Appearing on the Today show on Monday, Sept. 28, the Fuller House actor, 52, told Matt Lauer that he'd emerged from treatment happier and healthier than he'd been in a long time.

"I feel better than I've felt in a decade," the Grandfathered hunk shared. "I feel very, very good."

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Asked what had moved him to seek help for substance abuse issues in July, he opened up about the death of his mom, Loretta, in September 2014.

"Well, I lost my mother last year. You know, she was the love of my life," the '90s star told Lauer. "It was obviously a very difficult time for me. And I had this moment, I had some time off, and I had a decision to make. So I took advantage of the time, and I made a choice, and I'm just so grateful that I did." 

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He noted, too, that he had a lot of support in making the decision. "I had such goodwill behind me," he said. "I really felt a lot of people were like, 'Hey, John, go get healthy. We love you.' It was time. I'm glad I did it."

Now that he's in a better place both physically and mentally, he's hard at work on two new sitcoms, including the much-anticipated Netflix spinoff of Full House. The show, Fuller House, features several returning favorites, including Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber

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Two names not on the list? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played the role of Michelle Tanner in the original series. Stamos previously said he was "heartbroken" they wouldn't be appearing — but he's not holding a grudge.

"I love them dearly and they're always welcome on our show," he told Lauer of the twins.

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