Late Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda has reacted to late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky opening up about her husband’s struggles with addiction in a new Good Morning America interview.
Talinda tweeted, “Addiction is not a choice. It is a disease. Educate yourselves about addiction. It touches all of our lives in one way or another. Go to http://centeronaddiction.org Thank you @vickycornell for being brave enough to share your journey.”
Vicky also recently shared a touching tribute video, which you can view below.
“This is so beautiful. Thank you so much. I try to read and watch as many of the tributes when I can bear it. They have sustained me through this unbearably painful time- thank you for showing so much love #ChrisCornell #NoOneSingsLikeYouAnymore #LOUDLOVE.”
Vicky will appear on Good Morning America tomorrow in her first television interview since her late husband’s death last year.
“My husband was the furthest thing from a rock star junkie. He just wasn’t,” she says in the interview. “He was the best husband, the greatest father; I lost my soul mate and the love of my life. He wanted to be there for his family, for his children. He loved his life. He would never have ever left this world.”
“I don’t think that he could make any decisions because of the level of impairment,” his widow said in an upcoming Good Morning America interview with Robin Roberts airing Wednesday. “I know that people say you can’t blame yourself. I’m trying not to. But there were signs.”
Vicky became visibly emotional while reflecting upon Chris’ death. “I know that people say you can’t blame yourself. And I’m trying not to, but there were signs,” she said. “People think that addiction is like, ‘Oh, you were an addict,’ and people don’t recognize it as a disease. And … I feel guilty of the same thing. You think addiction is a choice, and it’s not.”
💖 WE ARE WITH YOU VICKY!!! 💖 @vickycornell @chriscornell 💖
💞Love & hugs Vicky 💞Toni 💞Christopher 💞Lily 💞
❤️ Forever Loud CHRIS C♡RNELL Love ❤️
— Sylvia Simon (@sziszke69) December 17, 2017
Addiction is not a choice. It is a disease. Educate yourselves about addiction. It touches all of our lives in one way or another. Go to https://t.co/KzZAZOJo8h Thank you @vickycornell for being brave enough to share your journey. https://t.co/qtJ340cfCN
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) February 20, 2018