Creed frontman Scott Stapp, whose Grammy-winning band once led the Billboard album charts and played to sold out crowds in the late 90s, posted a Facebook video on Wednesday revealing shocking details about his current living situation.
“Right now I’m living in a Holiday Inn, by the grace of God, because there’s been a couple of weeks I had to live in my truck,” he said in the new video. “I had no money, not even for gas or food. I went two days without eating because I had no money and ended up in an emergency room.”
The former rock star said that a personal audit revealed that money had been stolen and royalty payments had not come through.
“When someone can have all their money taken out of their bank account and no one’s held responsible, when someone can get targeted by the IRS because of a clerical error, when someone can get completely slandered and lies made up about them and post it all over the Internet and there’s no consequences for those people, there’s a problem. There’s definitely a problem. This is not the country that I grew up believing in. This is not the America that I want for my children and their future.”
Stapp also denied taking drugs or alcohol in the video, saying “I’m sober as can be. Once the rumors started coming out I began getting blood and urine tests once a week just in case someone called me to the carpet on it, I can prove it.”
Creed, who have sold over 28 million albums worldwide, are currently on hiatus after a brief reunion tour in 2012.
Scott Stapp, who just last week claimed to be broke, hungry, and homeless, is now asking other people pull him up by his bootstraps by attempting to crowdsource nearly half a million dollars. The former Creed singer is asking for $480,000 so he can record a solo album and write his first book. On his Fundly page, Stapp explains that he wants to work with his old producer Howard Benson and engineer Chris Lord-Alge. At the same time, he promises to write his “first book in the fiction category,” though no plot details have been released. “Need 2fund both projects,” the embattled musician wrote, forgoing the use of real words when numbers will suffice.
As of Monday morning, Stapp has only raised $522, a wee bit shy of his final fundraising goal, though there’s still 119 days left to donate. Perhaps potential donors are concerned about the project’s viability: According to documents acquired by TMZ, his soon-to-be ex-wife Jaclyn Stapp said the singer was “doing so much amphetamines, crystal meth, and steroids that he has become a paranoid shell who has threatened to kill himself and his family.” She also filed a petition to have Stapp involuntarily committed to a psych ward for 60 days. But hey, if you really want to read Stapp’s debut fiction novel, donate here.
Scott Stapp’s Bandmates and Family Members React to Creed Singer’s Meltdown
As Creed frontman Scott Stapp continues to sort out whatever issues led to the recent public meltdown culminating (for now) in his mother-in-law and estranged wife trying to have him temporarily committed, Stapp’s son and bandmates have shared their concern and confusion via social media.
Sixteen-year-old Jagger Stapp, responding to a series of “now playing” posts on his father’s Facebook page, offered some tough love via Twitter, telling followers, “My dad is too busy posting songs on his FB hiding out for attention rather then [sic] getting his act together #dadstop … To all tho [sic] confused, my father once again chose drugs over his family. He needs help, but refuses to get it. He’s been on a 9 week binge.”
The elder Stapp, for his part, has maintained that he’s sober and being tested weekly to prove it, but the divorce papers filed by his wife Jaclyn tell a different story, alleging that he’s been taking a variety of drugs since leaving their home in October. Stapp continues to insist that he’s been the victim of extensive financial fraud totaling the tens of millions, and has vowed to make sure “justice is served.”
To that end, Stapp has used the official Creed Facebook page to try and drum up crowdfunding support for his latest ventures, which include a new solo album and a novel. He’s currently seeking $480,000 for both projects, although his efforts have already inspired at least one anti-Stapp campaign.
More than anything, fans seem concerned for Stapp’s well-being, and have questioned why Creed’s social media outlets are being used as a mouthpiece for the band’s troubled singer. Guitarist Mark Tremonti has pointed the finger at the group’s label, insisting reps there gave Stapp the password for their Facebook account.
Meanwhile, bassist Brian Marshall has assured fans, “I just wanted everyone to know that I’ve reached out to Scott Stapp. We talked briefly yesterday and he seems to be okay. … I let him know that we were all worried and if he needed a sober friend to talk to that I’m always available.”
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