“When you are with me, I’m free, I’m careless, I believe… above all others, we’ll fly… this brings tears to my eyes; my Sacrifice…”
There aren’t many 35-year-old women today in the U.S. who didn’t sing those lyrics at one time or another in the late 1990s.
Unfortunately, the opposite state seems to be true for Scott Stapp, the Creed frontman who originally sang “My Sacrifice” along with other mega-hits like “With Arms Wide Open” and “Higher.” At the end of the 1990s, he was rumored to be worth about $30 million. With his haunting good looks, melodic voice, and positive lyrics, Creed was a band that often was a crossover from popular music into Christian music.
“Between the IRS attacking me… between the banks basically saying ‘yeah, all of your money has been taken out of your accounts’, I have no money. I’ve been living in the Holiday Inn and have been forced to sleep in my truck. I have no money for food and as a result, ended up in the emergency room.”
While Stapp claims to be clean and sober, his estranged wife, Jaclyn Stapp, claims the opposite in the divorce petition, in which she says he is addicted to methamphetamine, among other drugs. Scott Stapp claims he has been taking weekly blood and urine tests to prove he is not on drugs.
The video seems so bizarre, and at points, desperate that many worried about Stapp’s psychological state. This was not unwarranted, as it came to light several hours ago that Stapp had been found wandering the streets inebriated and confused, claiming that someone was attempting to poison him prior to making the video. According to TMZ, police picked him up and he was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. He was released just hours before making and releasing the now infamous video.
Creed’s most successful album, Human Clay, now seems unsettling and ironic as one considers how far Scott Stapp has fallen. This has been the story of many musicians, but Creed seemed to stay above the debauchery and demons that plagues others.
Perhaps Winston Churchill said it best: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
Here’s hoping Scott Stapp finds the courage, and happier days, ahead.
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