Mary Forsberg Weiland, along with his children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13, penned a poignant essay that said that to fans, Scott Weiland died on December 3, as it was “the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others.” But Weiland had exited their lives years ago. And though they are overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers and thoughts, they are hoping that his death and life aren’t glorified.
The Inquisitr reported that though Scott Weiland was a known drug addict, his current wife is stressing that Weiland was clean at the time of his death, and he hadn’t used drugs in years. Jamie Weiland admits that Scott Weiland was still drinking, but that was it. She also said that the band had taken a no-drugs pact before the tour. This obviously didn’t take, as a band member was arrested for cocaine on the night that Weiland’s body was found.
Rolling Stone is reporting that the only thing that Mary Weiland and her children lost last week was hope.
“We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he’d been drug-free for years… In reality, what you didn’t want to acknowledge 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. I’ve always wanted to share more than anyone was comfortable with. When writing a book years ago, it pained me to sometimes gloss over so much grief and struggle, but I did what I thought was best for Noah and Lucy.”
Mary Weiland stressed that Noah and Lucy never sought perfection from their father, but only hoped to see a bit of effort towards them and their lives. She suggested that instead of buying a grim memorial t-shirt, use the money to take a child for ice cream or to a baseball game.
Mary Forsberg Weiland said that she and her kids lost Weiland years ago, as he was never really a parent or a husband, according to People Magazine. Forsberg Weiland describes her time with Scott Weiland as like having a full time job or a third child.
“Even after Scott and I split up, 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,” Mary, who also opened up about her own struggle with depression, writes in the Rolling Stone story. “Those short encounters were my attempts at giving the kids a feeling of normalcy with their dad.”
His family admits that they are angry and sad about his loss, but even more devastated that he chose to give in and give up. Instead of just remembering his talent, Weiland would like all to have an accurate picture to see all of the things that he could have had, but missed because of the choices he made with substance abuse and mental health issues.
What do you think of the note that Scott Weiland’s ex wife and children wrote after his death?
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