Scott Weiland’s Ex-Wife Pens Emotional Letter Following His Death

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Scott Weiland’s Ex-Wife Pens Emotional Letter Following His Death: “[Our Children] Lost Their Father Years Ago”.

Just days after former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was discovered dead in his tour bus, his ex-wife is offering a stark warning to the public—”don’t glorify this tragedy.” Forsberg, the mother of Weiland’s two children Noah and Lucy, penned an emotionally-charged letter to Rolling Stone, offering alleged intimate new details about her former spouse’s life behind the curtain. “The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting,” she introduced her letter in Rolling Stone. “But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.” Weiland’s public struggle with substance abuse—he faced multiple drug and alcohol-related arrests and several stints in rehab—had a significant effect on his role as a father, according to Forsberg. An official cause of death hasn’t been released yet, but Weiland apparently suffered a cardiac arrest, and his bandmate Tommy Black was reportedly busted for cocaine possession. She shares that Weiland cut their children out of his life when he remarried, not inviting them to his wedding and often failing to pay child support. “They have never set foot into his house, and they can’t remember the last time they saw him on a Father’s Day,” she writes. “I don’t share this with you to cast judgment, I do so because you most likely know at least one child in the same shoes.” In the letter, Forsberg Weiland pleads with parents to give their all to their kids; and with Rolling Stone readers to recognize rock music’s long history of mental illness and addiction, and not to treat artists’ struggles as entertainment. “We read awful show reviews, watch videos of artists falling down, unable to recall their lyrics streaming on a teleprompter just a few feet away,” she writes. “And then we click “add to cart” because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art.”

She describes December 3, the day he died, as “the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others”. Mary Weiland, who split from Scott in 2007, explains that Tuesday’s tell-all post is intended to remind the public that Weiland’s personal demons shouldn’t be celebrated alongside his musical legacy. “Even after Scott and I split up, I spent countless hours trying to calm his paranoid fits, pushing him into the shower and filling him with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah’s talent show, or Lucy’s musical,” she writes. “But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again – because as a society we almost encourage it. Mary and Scott ended their seven-year marriage in 2007, and she’s previously opened up about their tumultuous relationship in her 2009 book – Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock’n’Roll and Mental Illness. Or maybe these last few years of separation were his parting gift to us – the only way he could think to soften what he knew would one day crush us deep into our souls.” “I won’t say he can rest now, or that he’s in a better place,” she added. “He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.” She urges any other parents in similar situations, to keep trying (“progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for,” she adds).

They divorced in 2007. “Spending so many years immersed in Scott’s multiple illnesses led to my own depression; at one point, I was misdiagnosed as bipolar,” she writes. “I feared the same would happen to the children. He had been to rehab on several occasions, and while TMZ have reported that drugs were found on the tour bus in the wake of his death, his wife Jamie Watchel said that he was clean. But anything longer would often turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them … There were times that Child Protective Services did not allow him to be alone with them.”

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