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Soundgarden Bassist Denies He Was Homeless

It makes me feel embarrassed for the truly homeless people to be associated with the likes of me,' says Ben Shepherd

August 26, 2010 6:01 PM ET

Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has admittedly had a rough stretch -- including a bad break-up with his fiancée and an addiction to drugs and alcohol -- since the band broke up over a decade ago. Spin recently suggested that a "broke" Shepherd was essentially homeless prior to Soundgarden's recent reunion. Shepherd, though, her refuted that claim on the official Soundgarden site, saying his words were "sensationalized."
 
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"It makes me feel embarrassed for the truly homeless people to be associated at all in any way with the likes of me. I seem to have been lucky, as most of you, in never having to survive day to day (on the streets) anyway," Shepherd wrote. "I say what I mean with someone else's alphabet, so it is no wonder to me that my blathering can be so easily 'shined up' or misinterpreted to whatever purpose, especially to a stranger who has no idea of my horrible humor, or my delusional ideas … Sure I've been couch surfing but that's a far cry from the plight of many many millions of good people worldwide."
 
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Shepherd described his other difficulties to Spin this way: "Soundgarden broke up; my other band, Hater, broke up; my fiancée broke up with me; and then I broke three ribs. I got addicted to pain pills, drank a ton, and wound up OD'ing on morphine. I was laid out in my house for five days, and no one knew it. It was a fucking horrible time -- this total rock & roll cliché."

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