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Wife of Creed singer Stapp files for divorce, alleges drug abuse

Music fans, including Washington residents, might remember the Christian-tinged rock band Creed, which released two critically acclaimed albums in the late 1990s before breaking up in the early 2000s. The band sold millions of albums and won a Grammy. Lead vocalist Scott Stapp went on to a solo career while reuniting on occasion with former Creed bandmates. Now, he is dealing with the end of his marriage.

Stapp's wife recently filed for divorce after eight years of marriage and three children. The woman, who moved out of the couple's home in early October, claims that the 41-year-old singer has been struggling with drug abuse, which led to threats that he would harm his family and kill himself. A lawyer for Stapp's wife says she has done worked hard to help her husband recover from his addiction and will continue to do so even after the couple divorces. When she filed, the woman also asked the judge to send the vocalist to a drug abuse facility. The wife said she will also focus on the best interests of their children.

The divorce filing followed social media rants by Stapp that he is broke. In recent online videos he claimed that he is sober and has not taken drugs or been drinking alcohol. The videos have since been deleted and replaced with a statement that he is letting God take control as he takes a step back.

The Stapps' case is a reminder that divorce is not always about infidelity, money or incompatibility. Couples in Washington State also should take notice that child custody and visitation plans can be adversely affected when substance abuse becomes an issue in a divorce.

Source: Boston Herald, "Creed front man's wife seeking divorce, help," Dec. 1, 2014

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