When Scott Weiland died last week, Yahoo Music implored you to remember the former Stone Temple Pilots frontman for his “great musical legacy, not his tabloid troubles.” But Weiland’s ex-wife took to Rolling Stone this week to ask just the opposite. In a piece she wrote along with the couple’s 2 teenage kids, Mary Forsberg Weiland pointed out, “what you don’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.”
The letter is at times furious and at times heartbreaking, equal parts polemic against the deification of rock gods who are actually highly enabled addicts and reminder to parents everywhere of what’s actually important — regardless of your day job. If your own kids were fans, the piece gives you an opportunity to broach the tricky topic of addiction with them. And if you know an addict with kids of their own, it’s a solid primer on how you might help them.
“Progress, not perfection, is what your children are praying for,” she writes. “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.”