Creed’s Scott Stapp Opens Up on Drug Meltdown, Recovery + Future Plans [Exclusive Interview]
In late 2014, Creed frontman Scott Stapp suffered from a drug and bi-polar induced breakdown which caused his family, friends and fans to extremely concerned about his well-being. In this exclusive interview with Loudwire after going through rehab and getting back on his feet, Scott Stapp talked very openly about his meltdown and recovery during a recent visit to our studio.
Stapp couldn't have been any lower during his downward spiral. His wife had filed for divorce and he lost custody of his children. His altered state caused Stapp to believe delusions that his family members were a part of ISIS and that he had to save President Obama from being assassinated. Despite his mania, Stapp managed to piece his life back together and he told us exactly how.
For the first time since his episode, Stapp is back on the road performing for his fans. "I didn't know whether I'd ever tour again, make music again," Stapp admits. "So to be out there now and having amazing shows and the fans turning out, it just fills me with such a deep appreciation and gratitude."
Stapp explained the delusions he was experiencing while on drugs, many of which were covered by the media. "I was in a parallel universe, man," Stapp says. "I thought I was freaking Jason Bourne … It was scary and it was so real to me. I really thought government agencies were tracking me and trying to do experiments on me and people were tapped into my cell phone and computer. It was scary. It was real. It's amazing how our brain can operate out of balance and how it can cause us to perceive the world."
Through dedicating himself to his recovery, Stapp was able to save his marriage and relationships with his children. He's spent the last year proving himself to his family, putting in the hard work and backing up his promises with actions.
Stapp also spoke about his current creative path. He's planning to announce more tour dates soon and is hoping to have a new solo album out sometime in 2017. Moreover, Stapp is working on a new project with some well-known musicians. Though details are scarce at the moment, Stapp promises to make an official announcement in late February or early March.
Check out our exclusive and extremely revealing interview with Scott Stapp in the player above! For Scott Stapp's current tour dates, click here, and pick up his latest solo album, Proof of Life, at iTunes.
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