‘Don't glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll’ – Scott Weiland’s ex-wife writes poignant open letter to fans
Scott Weiland's ex-wife has written a poignant open letter to fans in the wake of the singer's death last week.
Mary Forsberg Weiland is the mother of the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman's teenage children, Noah (15) and Lucy (13), who helped her to write the letter on their behalf.
The full letter is published in Rolling Stone and in it she reveals the reality of being involved with someone who was a substance abuser and how this affected their children.
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".
She adds that her children "lost their father years ago", and despite the fact many believe he loved spending time with his children, he was actually "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."
The mum of two further bemoans the fact that the struggles many artists go through are considered "art".
She says, "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. A nd then we click "add to cart" because what actually belongs in a hospital is now considered art".
Mary charts their relationship together and break-up through the eyes of their children, who, she says, "can't remember the last time they saw him on a Father's Day".
She encourages other parents not to make the same mistakes.
"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. If you do, please acknowledge them and their experience. Offer to accompany them to the father-daughter dance, or teach them to throw a football."
While she says it's too late for Scott and his children, other parents have the opportunity to make changes.
"Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others," she writes. "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. 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."
Read the full open letter on RollingStone.com.