Scott Weiland’s Ex-Wife Pens Emotional Letter on Behalf of Their Children …

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Scott Weiland’s Ex-Wife Pens Emotional Letter on Behalf of Their Children: ‘They Lost Their Father Years Ago’.

Scott Weiland’s ex-wife has penned an open letter on behalf of the singer’s two teenage children asking people not to glorify the tragedy of his death. In a letter published by Rolling Stone on Monday, Mary – mother of Scott’s two children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13 – shares her family’s struggle with Scott’s substance abuse, which may have led to his death. (On Friday, police in Bloomington, Minnesota, said cocaine was found on the tour bus where he died, but his cause of death has not been confirmed.) “December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died,” writes Mary, who was married to the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer from 2000 to 2007. “It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others.” “The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting,” she writes. “But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago.

“Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others,” she wrote. “Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it. But in a scathing piece for Rolling Stone, Mary Weiland — his second wife and the mother of his two children — offered a portrait of her ex-husband as a unrepentant addict who made little effort to maintain a relationship with his family. “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 wrote. “Those short encounters were my attempts at giving the kids a feeling of normalcy with their dad. But anything longer would often turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them.” Scott married Mary, a model also known as Mary Fosberg Weiland, in 2000.

However, his third wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland, told TMZ that her husband hadn’t done drugs in years and that the band members had a pact not to do drugs. In his memoir, the singer detailed the couple’s problems with drugs, and credited Mary with spurring him to join Velvet Revolver, the supergroup he formed with members of Guns N’ Roses in 2002. “Basically, the story was that Mary had cleaned up and I hadn’t,” he wrote. “I was strung out and (messed) up. The band’s follow-up was a white-hot success, too: 1994’s Purple hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop charts, sold six million copies and launched the hits Interstate Love Song and Vasoline. In her Rolling Stone piece and in her own memoir, published in 2010, Mary claimed her ex financially and emotionally neglected his children. “When he remarried, the children were replaced,” she wrote in Rolling Stone. “They were not invited to his wedding; child support checks often never arrived. They have never set foot into his house, and they can’t remember the last time they saw him on a Father’s Day.” Mary also said that audiences must stop fetishizing tortured artists on drugs, and recognize the people those in the spotlight may be hurting — including their own children. “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 wrote. “And then we click ‘add to cart’ because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art.” She added: “What you didn’t want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn’t remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood.” In the article’s comments section, some were critical of Mary Weiland’s decision to portray herself as a victim so quickly after her ex-husband’s death.

So take Mary Weiland’s advice, and “Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it – use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.”

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