Mary Forsberg Weiland, Scott’s ex-wife and mother to his two children, is begging his fans not to revere him for his ‘rock n’ roll’ drug overdose death, but instead to see how his addiction made him a stranger to his two kids who are now fatherless.
How awful! December 3, 2015 may have been the day that Scott Weiland officially passed away, but for his family, it just confirmed what they’d already known for years: he had given in to his drug addiction. Now, in a scathing open letter posted to Rolling Stone‘s website on Dec. 8, the former frontman’s ex-wife, Mary Forsberg Weiland is hoping to bring to light the sad truth behind the singer’s tragic passing, while also urging fans not to “glorify” her ex-husband’s “demons,” along with his musical legacy.
In the open letter written for Rolling Stone‘s website, Mary bravely divulges the extent of her ex’s drug and alcohol addictions, revealing that he had barely seen his two children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13, in the last few years. “The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago,” she wrote. “What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.”
“This is the final step in our long goodbye to Scott,” she continued. “Even though I felt we had no other choice, maybe we never should have let him go. 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.”
Though Scott had previously spoken about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, visiting rehab several times over the course of his career and often missing live gigs, it appears his demons went far deeper than previously imagined. In the letter, Mary explains that as a result of his addictions, Scott 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.”
While appreciative of the outpouring of love in the wake of Scott’s death, Mary, who divorced the singer in 2007 after dealing with her own drug addictions, encourages fans not to revere his death, but instead to look at their own lives, and make sure they’re doing everything they can so their own children don’t suffer as hers did.
“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,” she went on. “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.”
“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.”
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Mary’s open letter? Do you think she was right to urge fans not to “glorify” her ex-husband’s death? Share your thoughts below!