We gotta give big props to Pete Wentz for coming clean about a dark time in his life in an effort to help others. Fall Out Boy bassist (and Ashlee Simpson’s boy) revealed that he was “completely lost and out of control” after his band finished recording their album a few years ago. Pete is currently promoting Jed Foundation’s Half Of Us campaign (a program aimed at cutting student suicide rates) and decided to tell his story to encourage young people to get profressional help when they need it.
“I got in my car. I remember I was listening to Jeff Buckley doing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and sat there and took a bunch of [anxiety drug] Ativan in a Best Buy parking lot,” Wentz says in a video for MTV’s college channel MTVU.
“And I called up my manager because I was, at that point, completely out of my head with Ativan. And I was talking to him and I was slurring my words, so he called my mom and my mom called me and she came and got me and we went to the hospital.”
“It’s not really about keeping your head above water, it’s about feeling all right and feeling safe in your own skin,” Wentz says. “It’s not about keeping your head above water and barely keep going.”