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Pete Wentz Opens Up About Drug Problem, Painful Relapse & Ashlee Simpson Fallout

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Pete Wentz is finally ready to talk extensively about his painful drug addiction past.

The Fall Out Boy guitarist, who recently reunited with his band after a very long hiatus, opened up in the latest issue of Rolling Stone about his painful past struggle with drug addiction and subsequent relapse right around the time he separated from Ashlee Simpson – and RadarOnline.com has the details.

Pete, who was abusing prescription pills – Xanax and Klonopin mainly – explained that he “tapered off” when his son Bronx was born in 2008, but when the band went on hiatus in 2009, he suffered a bad relapse.

“I was probably physically and mentally addicted,” he admits about. “It started from insomnia and anxiety from flying, then it spiraled.

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He and Simpson separated shortly after, filing for divorce in February 2011, and things went from bad to worse.

“I felt like a loser already,” he admitted. “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.”

His highly publicized divorce also took a major toll on him.

“I was scared of everything,” he said. “I thought there were always people listening to me. Like, I had my house searched for bugs. It was crazy.”

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After his divorce Wentz came clean to doctors about his issues, and therapy, along with his son, inspired him get back on track.

“You’re up in the morning, and you have to really be there,” Wentz said. “It’s not like getting up for a radio interview. In some ways, that was superhelpful for my soul.”

Wentz, who believes he has grown up, scoffs at his younger public persona.

“My name and brand were toxic. It became a caricature,” he noted. “I was trying to be on all the time, like a comedian.”

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To read more on Pete Wentz and the Fall Out Boy reunion, pick up the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

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