Creed frontman Scott Stapp has been in the news lately due to his announcement that he will no longer support President Barack Obama, but the Christian rocker has also come forward with another shocking admission — that he seemingly tried to take his own life and that rapper T.I. of all people stepped up to save him.
Scott Stapp and T.I. may seem like an unlikely pairing, and, indeed, their musical styles are likely to appeal to two entirely different audiences. But, nearly a decade ago, the rapper and rocker met during a Christian music project, as Stapp explained when discussing his second run in with T.I.
Of their first meeting, Stapp says:
“I had met T.I. back in 2004, we were both writing songs for The Passion of The Christ: Songs Inspired By soundtrack and we had briefly interacted there and knew what each looked like … We’d talked about being fans of Alabama.”
After their first meeting, it was years before T.I. and Scott Stapp crossed paths, and the Creed singer says that, the second time, T.I. rescued him after he leaped 40 feet from a hotel balcony:
“It’s ironic — he walked in, and I found out later it was the only room left in the hotel and he came in off the street and came out, and as I’m laying on the ledge, blood fell to [T.I.’s] feet and he looked up and he had an Alabama hat on. I said, ‘roll tide,’ and then he looked at me and put two and two together and really saved my life.”
“I laid out there for two and a half hours and my guardian angel showed up — rapper T.I. … He immediately took care of the situation and saved my life.”
As MTV notes, saving Scott Stapp’s life isn’t the first time T.I. successfully intervened in a suicide attempt; the rapper also talked a man out of jumping off a building in Atlanta some years back.