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Last year, Creed frontman Scott Stapp uploaded a series of disturbing video blogs in which he claimed to be “under some kind of pretty vicious attack.” He said the IRS and his record label had withheld hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars from him and that he was a CIA agent assigned to assassinate President Obama. His wife, Jaclyn Stapp, said she feared he was suffering from mental issues and was self-medicating with amphetamines, crystal meth, and steroids. In a new interview with PEOPLE Magazine, Stapp admits his wife was correct.
“I had a psychotic break that was brought on by alcohol and drug abuse,” Stapp tells PEOPLE. “I was hallucinating. I drove around the United States for a month, following an angel that I saw on the hood of my car. In my delusional thinking, I thought my family was involved in ISIS and that millions of dollars had been taken from me to support terrorism.” He concludes, “All of it was nonsense. I was out of my mind.”
Now sober, Stapp says he is working his way through recovery. He recently entered a dual diagnostic facility, where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “It was hard to process,” Stapp says of coming to terms with his condition. “There’s a stigma associated with it. But Jaclyn kept telling me, ‘Embrace it. We love you.’ It became a big sign of relief, because finally, we had an answer.”
With the diagnosis now clear, Stapp is taking medication and is enrolled in a 12-step program. He’s at home in Florida, “lucky to be alive,” and focused on maintaining his recovery. “Nothing is more important than my sobriety.”