Wilmette native Pete Wentz, bassist for the band Fall Out Boy, revealed to "Rolling Stone" that he misused anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Klonopin in the days following the 2009 hiatus of his band through his 2011 divorce from Ashley Simpson.
"I was probably physically and mentally addicted," the 33-year-old Wentz said, as reported by Usmagazine.com. "It started from insomnia and anxiety from flying, then it spiraled....I felt like a loser already. I'd basically gone from being the guy in Fall Out Boy to being the guy, who, like, hangs out all day. I didn't see how I'd ever come out on the other side."
Paranoia also crept in, Wentz said.
"I thought there were always people listening to me," he said in the interview in the May 23 "Rolling Stone." "Like, I had my house searched for bugs. It was crazy."
Regular therapy sessions helped him sort it all out. His son Bronx, 4, was also "super helpful for my soul."
Fall Out Boy is back together and about to start touring. The May 16 show at Chicago's Riviera Theatre is sold out.