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Chester Bennington’s widow opens up about life without him

Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and wife Talinda Ann Bentley arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage via Getty Images)
Musician Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and wife Talinda Ann Bentley arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage via Getty Images)

Talinda Bennington, the widow of late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, recently opened up in an ABC News podcast about her husband’s mental state before his 2017 suicide.

Talinda revealed, “We just thought he was okay. I can’t emphasize (that) enough. If you knew Chester, you would know that he was in a good place, in such a good place.”

Talinda also reflected on how her life changed after Chester’s death, explaining, “It went from living one life to living another in a split second. And to leave who I was before the phone call behind and step forward with a strength and confidence I didn’t even know I had — I did that because of my children. I had to do it for them.”

After a period of grieving, Talinda then decided to become an advocate for mental health awareness and a voice for Linkin Park fans, saying, “They were reaching out, saying how sad they were and how they didn’t think that they could go on because Chester couldn’t. And I knew that’s the last thing Chester would have wanted.”

Chester Bennington committed suicide at his home in the Los Angeles area on July 20th, 2017. He was 41 years old and father to six children.

Story source: Alternative Press

CHECK IT OUT: You can listen to the entire podcast here

SIDE NOTES:

  • Talinda says it’s too hard to listen to Linkin Park, explaining, “I’ll jump from the back seat and change the station, I’ll jump out of the car if I have to. That’s just a visceral reaction I still have to this day . . . it’s just too painful.”
  • If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting GO to 741741.

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