An ex-wife of the late Scott Weiland has penned an open letter with the help of their two children, imploring that fans not romanticize the one-time Stone Temple Pilots singer’s apparently drug-related death.
“We don’t want to downplay Scott’s amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity,” former model Mary Forsberg Weiland wrote in Rolling Stone with the help of their son Noah, 15, and daughter Lucy, 13. “So many people have been gracious enough to praise his gift. . . . 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” a sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll lifestyle.
Married from 2000 to 2007, Forsberg Weiland was the second of the singer’s three wives. She has written about their joint heroin and crack abuse in her 2009 memoir “Fall to Pieces” and elsewhere.
Scott Weiland, who died Thursday, Dec. 3, at age 48, “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,” she wrote in the lengthy missive, adding that even after the couple’s breakup, “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. 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.”
Concluding that, “Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their dad. They just kept hoping for a little effort,” she went on to say, “Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. 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.”