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Pete Wentz: Family Support Helps Him Manage Bipolar Disorder

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.

Pete Wentz: Family Support Helps Him Manage Bipolar Disorder

Jeanne Croteau

Jeanne has been a celebrity blogger for eight years and also teaches psychology at the college level. In addition to her passion for mental health, she is an avid reader, hockey fan and mother of four.

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Croteau, J. (2018). Pete Wentz: Family Support Helps Him Manage Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from


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