Pete Wentz has always been open about living with bipolar disorder and, recently, he opened up a bit more about how he’s finding ways to manage his symptoms while continuing to work and be a committed partner and father.
The Fall Out Boy bassist told People, “Living with purpose and having a schedule with my family has brought me balance. I think it can be different for everyone, but for me, just being able to talk through things, meditate and exercise has been helpful.”
Indeed, having a full schedule seems to be something that is important to the musician. When the band went on hiatus in 2009, Wentz sank into a deep depression and, ultimately, he and his then-wife, Ashlee Simpson, ended up divorcing in 2011.
In a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Wentz explained, “We had all these great years as a band, and then we took time off and I basically became Mr. Mom. I had the beard, the flannel shirt. I didn’t know what my identity was … when your identity is what you do, it’s hard when you stop doing it. It was the first time where I was like, ‘Well, no one’s really taking my picture. I’m just basically hanging out with my kid all day. Who cares?’ I think when you stop caring about … your personal hygiene, it makes you even more depressed, but it makes you do it more.”
Now, a healthier seeming Wentz is currently on world tour to support his band’s newest album, Mania, while keeping up with his two sons, Bronx Mowgli, 9 (whom he shares with Simpson) and Saint Lazslo, 3. He and his partner, Meagan Camper, are also expecting a baby girl sometime this spring.
While Wentz has said that he does not take medication, he did say, “I went to therapy … but I think the idea that there’s a one size fits all [solution] is one of those myths. Everybody figures themselves out in a different way.”
Fortunately, it seems like he’s found a strategy that works for him and his family. It’s great that he’s sharing his message so that others can learn from his example.