Wait, what?! After suffering a major mental meltdown in late 2014, Creed singer Scott Stapp has finally opened up about what went through his head during the difficult time. Most shocking? He thought his wife and kids were terrorists!
Scott Stapp, 41, the frontman of Creed, made headlines in December 2014 when he posted a disturbing video of himself on social media, telling fans he was broke, homeless and even threatened to kill his wife and kids. In a new interview, the “Arms Wide Open” singer reveals he’s since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and details the scary thoughts that crossed his mind during his self-described “psychotic break” — like how he believed his own family was in the terrorist group, ISIS!
Scott Stapp Bipolar: Creed Singer Thought Family Was In ISIS During ‘Psychotic Break’
Scott, who shocked the world with his viral “homeless” video, also frightened fans when desperate 911 calls were released to the public, revealing that the rocker was paranoid about his family’s safety. Now, the 41-year-old is sharing what really went down during those terrifying moments.
“I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse,” Scott, who is now in recovery, told People. “I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car. In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism. All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind.”
Wow! While we’re bummed Scott had to live through such a horrifying time, we’re so glad he’s been able to get the help he needs by entering rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. During his treatment, Scott has discovered he has bipolar disorder — which was tough to hear, but also a relief.
“It was hard to process,” he revealed. ‘There’s a stigma associated with it. But [my wife] Jaclyn [Nesheiwat] kept telling me, ‘Embrace it. We love you.’ It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer.”
Back in December, TMZ reported that Scott had lost custody of his children after his string of odd behavior.
At the time, a judge ruled that Scott was also not allowed to stay in the family’s Florida home, which was solely reserved for wife, Jaclyn and their children. This ruling took place in the midst of Jaclyn’s filing for divorce. However, since Scott has received help, his wife has called off the separation. In fact, she is looking forward to getting their marriage back on track while Scott is recovering.
Jaclyn, who wed the singer in 2006, said that when she heard the diagnosis, it “made sense. I definitely knew there was something going on for years, but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was,” she explained.
HollywoodLifers — are YOU shocked that Scott thought his family was in ISIS? Leave your well wishes for Scott’s recovery in the comments below!
— Susan Johnson