The well-documented downward spiral Scott Stapp experienced at the end of 2014 was the result of a struggle with drug abuse and bipolar disorder, the Creed singer reveals in a new interview. Speaking to People, Stapp reveals that he’s “lucky to be alive” after his breakdown, and that after finally entering a dual diagnostic facility earlier this year, he’s once again healthy, sober and properly medicated.
“I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse,” Stapp said. “I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car. In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS, and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism. All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind.”
Stapp’s troubles began last November, when he revealed in a disturbing video posted on Facebook that he was homeless, “penniless” and forced to live in a Holiday Inn. The video came just days after Stapp’s wife Jaclyn filed for divorce from the singer, claiming that Stapp was “doing so much amphetamines, crystal meth and steroids that he has become a paranoid shell who has threatened to kill himself and harm his family.”
Those divorce documents also revealed a string of jarring text messages Stapp sent to his wife where he claimed to be a CIA agent tasked with assassinating President Barack Obama. Stapp was also accused of phoning his children’s Florida school and saying that the school was being targeted by ISIS, and he also threatened to kill both himself and his Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.
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All the while, Stapp repeatedly insisted to fans on social media that he was clean and sober. While Jaclyn Stapp attempted to secure medical help for her spiraling husband, police decided that Stapp did not show enough signs of mental instability to warrant a psychiatric hold.
It’s unclear when Stapp finally agreed to receive help for his condition, but he was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which explained his wild behavioral shifts. Judging by People‘s story, it appears that Stapp and his wife have since reconciled. “Nothing is more important than my sobriety,” Stapp says of his recovery.