SCOTT WEILAND Issues Response To Public Outrage Towards Estranged Wife's Book

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has issued a statement in response to media reports that his estranged wife, Mary, will publish a memoir called "Fall To Pieces" on October 27. A press release describes the book as "a visceral rollercoaster ride inside bipolar disorder, rock 'n' roll, celebrity culture, and the competitive world of modeling from a rock star wife and recovering drug addict," adding, "On the surface, Mary Weiland had a fairy-tale life. She was a highly paid fashion model married to successful rock star Scott Weiland, the notorious frontman for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER. Then came the rampage in a Burbank hotel room and the resulting media frenzy that revealed to the world her bipolar disorder and drug abuse."

The press release also states that Mary "describes the extreme highs and lows of her life" in the book, saying that she tells her story with "refreshing candor, unflinching detail, and more than a little humor."

Scott's statement, which was issued earlier today (Wednesday, June 3), reads as follows:

"When I was 16 years old, I dreamed of being a famous rock star. I never knew what came along with it — the good, the bad, and the straight-up bullshit. I thought that creating beauty would bring beauty... Not always. At 16, Mary dreamed of being a famous model. She came close but she gave up her career for [the couple's kids] Noah, Lucy, and myself. She never got to see the 'what could have happened.'

"Well, as everyone knows by now, we are getting divorced and yes, Mary is writing a book which I have not read. But what I want everyone to know that it has nothing to do with infidelity. Neither the divorce nor the book. Please don't place the red letter upon my children's mother.

"One last thing... My love for her will never end. We just forgot how to be friends. She has now chosen a public career and one that brings both accolades and public scrutiny. There will be more of this sort of thing to deal with as time goes by... both good and bad.

"Divorce is hell, I remember it well and we deal with it every day. And if you think about it, we both have our 'what-ifs' and 'why-nots,' but it's no cheaters' story and all I ask is to not see her cry."

Mary Weiland revealed two years ago that she suffered from bipolar disorder, after she and Scott got into a violent altercation and damaged a hotel room in Burbank, California. She set fire to his wardrobe the following day.

The couple have been estranged at least twice before, with Mary starting divorce proceedings at one point several years ago.

Although Scott Weiland's previously reported memoir has yet to materialize, he told The Pulse of Radio that the recent disintegration of his marriage was the subject of most of his latest solo album, "Happy In Galoshes". "Every time I'd be out of the house and I'd be living in a hotel or renting a house or at a friend's house, that's when I would just basically be living in the studio, and writing a song a day," he said. "Sometimes two. There were some periods of time when the pain created most of the prolific stuff that I've ever done, I think."

Scott Weiland will hit the road for a short run of dates with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS this summer, with the band also preparing to make its first studio album in eight years. Weiland also continues to tour behind "Happy In Galoshes".

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