Scott Weiland’s ex, Mary Forsberg Weiland, wrote a heartbreaking article in Rolling Stone today about the singer’s abject absenteeism as a father. “The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago,” she writes of Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13. “What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.”
Having a long history of substance abuse, Weiland died on December 3 at the age of 48. In the RS article, which Noah and Lucy helped write, Mary chronicles “filling [Scott] with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah’s talent show, or Lucy’s musical. But anything longer would turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them.” She notes the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman was “only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood.”
With the premiere of Finding My Father, Oxygen just conducted a poll about the importance of fathers in the lives of young people, specifically women. With approximately 15 million U.S. children living without a father, Noah and Lucy have a story that is all too common (minus their dad being a rock legend). Among many findings, Oxygen’s study reveals that …
- 47 percent of young women say their father is “the most important person in their life.”
- 65 percent of married women said “my husband shares many positive qualities with my father.”
- 63 percent of respondents claiming negative relationships with their dads say they “tend to have trouble trusting men,” while 40 percent of those who grew up without a relationship with their biological fathers say they have “trouble forming stable romantic relationships.”
- 50 percent of respondents without dads claim it is “partially responsible for my negative issues in life.”
Mary concludes her Rolling Stone piece with a plea: “Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it — use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.” Attention fathers, listen to this advice, while you still can.