Pete Wentz Struggled With Addiction After Divorce from Ashlee Simpson

Posted on June 10th, 2013

It may be cliché, but breaking up is hard to do. And just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean you don’t feel the heat.

Pete Wentz, bass guitar player for the band Fall Out Boy and former husband of Ashlee Simpson, says that he was devastated when his marriage began to fall apart. As everything that he and Simpson had built together over the course of their three-year union started to crumble, Wentz found himself taking solace in prescription drugs.

The 33-year-old bassist was no stranger to addiction. In fact, he admits he had developed a dependency on Xanax and Klonopin, drugs originally prescribed to help him with insomnia and fear of flying. But after he and Simpson’s son, Bronx Mowgli was born, Wentz found the strength to kick his bad habits to the curb.

Unfortunately, the dissolution of his marriage threw him into a tailspin that started to churn out of control. In an article covered by CP Entertainment, Wentz voiced shock over his ex-wife’s decision to file for divorce and that he didn’t seeing it coming. He got depressed and began moping around – instead identifying as a rocker, he felt more like a loser and didn’t know how to snap out of it.

His addiction was back in full force, and the drugs left the guitarist overcome with paranoia. He felt like everyone was listening in on him and even went so far as to see if his house was bugged. He finally realized things were getting out of control and decided to seek help.

A big part of that decision was his son. Wentz wanted to get healthy for him and committed himself to professional treatment. Being a parent means that you really have to be present, he says – a relationship that was good for his soul.

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