My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way says Chester Bennington was the reason he met his wife
Less than a week after his tragic death, tributes to Chester Bennington from Linkin Park continue to come in. The latest heartfelt words come from My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, who says Bennington was the reason why he met his wife.
Last week, the news broke that Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington had taken his own life. Immediately after, tributes to the late singer began to pour in from fellow artists and fans alike, with the band writing their own emotional note on Facebook. Likewise, bandmate Mike Shinoda shared a throwback to when he and Bennington first started the band together.
Now former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has shared his own story about Chester Bennington.
Speaking to Nerdist about the late singer, Way said that he met his wife partially because of Linkin Park.
“I was devastated to hear about Chester. He was actually at my wedding. Not a lot of people were there because we got married super quickly at the end of the tour when half the people had gone home,” he recalled. “So there were literally only 30 or 40 people there, and he was one of them.”
Way and his wife, Mindless Self Indulgence bassist Lyn-Z, met during Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution festival.
"His band and bringing us on tour, that changed my life," he said. "I met my wife. We have an amazing life now and a daughter. My memories of that period and meeting Linds again are tied into Chester and his band. It’s so sad.
The singer also shared an emotional tribute to Bennington on Instgram.
“He was kind and vibrant, a good human being, and an incredibly talented individual,” he wrote. “I will always have wonderful memories of the tour we did together, and will never forget him.”
Inspired by Bennington, Linkin Park launched a suicide awareness website, where fans can read tributes to the late singer and find support if they need it.
We’re sending all of those closest to Chester Bennington all our thoughts.
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