Scott Stapp, Creed Frontman, Details “Very Public” Relapse: My “Psychotic Break Was Brought on by Alcohol and Drug Abuse”

Scott Stapp and wife Jaclyn
Scott Stapp recalls his "very public" relapse and Facebook video rant -- get all the details on the now-sober star Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Creed frontman Scott Stapp admitted in a new interview this week that in 2014, when he claimed he was homeless and under “some kind of vicious attack,” that he was “out of his mind.”

“I had a very public relapse, and it was extremely humiliating to me, my family and my friends,” the rocker told Billboard, referring to the bizarre Facebook video he posted last November. “I took [an excessive amount of a] prescription for a diagnosis I had, had a bad reaction and went into an actual psychosis. I was out of my mind, unstable, and at risk of putting myself in danger.”

Stapp, 42, who suffers from bipolar disorder, posted a long rant claiming that he was broke and under attack. Following the alarming video, Stapp then claimed that he was part of the CIA and threatened to the life of President Barack Obama. Prior to posting the video, Stapp was placed on a psychiatric hold after being found on the side of the road by cops, appearing inebriated and incoherent.

“I remember desperately trying to convince my wife that what I was believing was real — that I was being followed, that I was involved in some type of mind-control experiment,” Stapp recalled to Billboard. “I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t believe me.”

As for his wife, Jaclyn, she couldn’t grasp what was going on with her husband, who previously suffered from alcohol and drug abuse. 

“Our family thought, ‘This is just another drug-and-alcohol relapse.’ I looked at it as selfish: He’s choosing drugs and alcohol over us. I had to leave; it was heartbreaking. A few weeks later I saw how mentally ill he was, so I stayed in communication,” Jaclyn recalled.

The couple, who have been married since 2006 and have three kids, are now baring their issues for the world to see on VH1’s Couples Therapy, which premieres Oct. 7.

“We consulted our therapist, our psychiatrist, our psychologist, our pastor,” Stapp said of making the decision to join the reality show.

“We felt like we made the right decision after [that]. It was intimidating and sometimes uncomfortable being around some of those larger-than-life reality TV personalities, because our intentions and our motives for being there were real,” he added, referring to costars like Janice Dickinson. 

"We’re proud we survived,” Jaclyn said. "I’m proud for my kids to see it."

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