Pete Wentz is convinced someone is going to murder him

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Pete Wentz has long been infamous for his overshares. Like talking about his sex life with wife Ashlee Simpson and giving waaaaaay more details than we needed. But his overshares have also been very frank and honest at times, like when he’s talked about his battles with bipolar disorder and his suicide attempt.

Pete’s still talking, though it’s not quite overshare territory. He had a lengthy interview with the Daily Mail in which he said he’s afraid of being murdered – and his worst nightmare is Johnny Depp joining his band.

I refuse to answer my front door because I’m convinced someone is going to murder me.
I used to think that some day I’d end up murdering a close friend or relative. Now it’s reversed and I’m convinced it’s going to happen to me. That’s the way I’m going out, I’m completely sure of it. So I refuse to answer the front door – it greatly minimises that risk.

I never want to hear Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’ again – it was playing when I overdosed in 2005.
It’s a hard song for me to listen to now, because it brings the moment back so vividly. It’s become such a popular song that it’s always on at parties these days, and I have to leave the room.

While I’ll always be bipolar, I find it easier to deal with now.
I remember being extremely happy at the age of four. I went to visit an aunt in Switzerland and remember feeling ecstatic the entire summer. But now is even better. With marriage and fatherhood, I’ve finally found two fixed points in my life. They’ve taught me patience. They’ve also taught me that I don’t need to feel guilty about being happy. My emotional seasons are less extreme.

My recurring nightmare is finding that Johnny Depp has joined our band.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy’s work. But imagine being in a band with someone who’s a million times better-looking and charming than yourself. I wouldn’t stand a chance. Same goes for Barack Obama. How could I say no if he wanted to join the band? Maybe he could do some dancing at the side of the stage. That would be cool.

[From the Daily Mail]

So here’s the thing with murderers: they ring the front doorbell a lot less than you’d think. Really, they have deplorable manners that way. So I’m guessing if Pete’s really afraid of being murdered, he should probably focus on general home security more than avoiding the door. Just a thought.

It’s good to hear that Pete’s finding his mental health a little more stable these days. It makes sense to me that having a family and people who rely on him could give him a greater feeling of responsibility, and that might be a nice feeling. He knows he matters deeply to those two people. And no matter what, you’ve got to try to stay on an even keel for the sake of your kid.

Interestingly, though I would admit that Johnny Depp is more attractive than Pete, they’ve both been known to rock the guyliner. Which I find strangely hot. Maybe that’s why Pete does it.

Here’s Pete Wentz with Fall Out Boy arriving to perform a special invitation-only concert aboard HMAS Tobruk at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, Australia on February 22nd. Images thanks to

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah is an amazing song but it tends to make me forlorn every time I hear it. I can’t imagine why it would ever be played at parties. Oh… and GOD PETE WENTZ IRKS THE CRAP OUT OF ME. Sorry I had a bi-polar moment.

  2. Baholicious says:

    I wish they would throw the term ‘bi-polar’ in the garbage and going back to calling it by the original name: manic depression. At least when it was called that, people took the illness seriously.

    People use the word ‘bi-polar’ to mean a freak-out or a pissy mood. It’s inappropriate and really condescends to sufferers and their loved ones.

  3. yasmin says:

    Actually you would be surprised how many psycho killers DO have manners. Makes the whole “psycho” thing even more psychotic!

  4. Lina says:

    I think a lot of celebrities have a fear of being murdered (by a crazed fan) or getting seriously hurt trying to out-chase the paparazzi on the street.

    I’m a HUGE Fall Out Boy fan and I was surprised he doesn’t like to hear the “Hallelujah” song…since a part of that song is on one of their records (the song is “Hum Hallelujah”) and I’m sure they play it at their concerts now since they are currently on tour.

  5. Zoe says:

    “So here’s the thing with murderers: they ring the front doorbell a lot less than you’d think.”


    He really is bi-poplar right? I mean, he’s not just using the term, as Baho says, to describe normal ups and downs? (if he tried to kill himself, I’m guessing he takes the term seriously).

    I’ve never heard it used in a slangy way, but god, yeah, that just ain’t right.
    It reminds me of when people were always using “going postal” to describe someone being pissed off (as opposed to actually murdering fellow co-workers with a rifle), some things just shouldn’t be “en-slanged,” “slangified”?, “slung?” :)

  6. Lina says:

    He really is bipolar and he overdosed on Ativan some years ago which is believe is used to help treat some symptoms of “manic depression”. I think he said he was diagnosed with the disorder when he was a teenager and was prescribed medication but after he overdosed he moved back into his parents’ house when he was in his 20′s.

    When I read that he was kind of paranoid about being murdered I immediately thought of the comedian Richard Jeni and how he committed suicide after he was diagnosed for depression and paranoia. I hope Pete doesn’t get to the point where he tries to kill himself (again).

  7. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Murder no; beat senseless in the parking lot of a 7-11? Perhaps Tinkerbell.

  8. Trillion says:

    If you’re hearing that song at a party, you’ve overstayed your welcome.

  9. Trillion says:

    Or you’re a very very very close friend.

  10. Zoe says:

    Thanks for the info Lina, he seems pretty happy now, great to know he’s doing so much better.

  11. Jane says:

    I don’t like the guy, but I hope the best for his baby. My father is a maniac depressant and it only got worse after my sister and I were born. My mother had no idea he was M/D until I, the oldest, was born and he started to go into very obvious cycles. I guess it was the stress of responsibility.

  12. Christina says:

    this guy looks like a douche…

  13. Codzilla says:

    He looks like a low rent Elton John in that header pic.

  14. Ophelia says:

    @Lina Ativan is actually an anti-anxiety med. I guess they could use that for manic depression. I don’t have it so I don’t know how it affects anxiety. But I do have anxiety problems and I take ativan. I think he’d have to have taken a whole lot. Anyway, the guy annoys the hell out of me, and his music makes me pull my hair out, but I hope nobody murders him. After all, my husband likes his music :-P

  15. lisa says:

    Wow, this guy is a barrel of fun, isn’t he? Maybe no one will want to waste a good bullet on him, did he ever think of that? Get over yourself Pete.

  16. michellle says:

    His band mates must have loved that bit about it being too much for him if he had to compete w/ good looks & charisma. What a jackass.

  17. czarina says:

    What scares ME is the nightmare that this guy might show up at my door and BORE me to death! Wow, that would be a terrible way to go, huh?

  18. Persistent Cat says:

    Hieronymus Grex, Czarina, Lisa and Michellle, you made me laugh.

    Oh Pete Wentz, you shouldn’t be worried about someone showing up at your door. You should be worried all the time. Cuz I don’t know where you live but if I saw you and had the chance, I’d consider it. Especially if you were wearing those sunglasses.

    As to the Johnny Depp thing, what a way to fish for a compliment.

  19. Jenna says:

    Some points were made. When I saw the headline I was like… Who would care to murder him? Now I feel the same way about him that I seem to feel about Linda Hogan when she accused John’s father of wanting to murder her. Why the sharing? Though I doubt Pete is doing it for the same reasons that hag did it.

  20. Feebee says:

    Since he’s already tried to commit suicide, I’d would think he’d be more worried about himself than someone at the front door. I would also think he’d live behind security gates??

    While I applaud people who talk about problems like mental illness, bringing them out in to the open and allowing discussion… too much breeds familiarity and that breeds contempt and/or indifference, hence the comfort with the slang-ization of some terms. We still need to take this stuff incredibly seriously.

  21. voodoobetty says:

    Death wont be ringing the doorbell. Once Mowgli can reach the kitchen knives its all over for this douche. He’ll be killed in his sleep by his son who is constantly getting the sh*t kicked out of him in preschool for having such a stupid name.

  22. Vixen says:

    What kind of parties does he go to????!!!! Thats a 6am come down song if ever ive heard one!! Snore!

  23. RAN says:

    When I saw the headline, my first thought was “he must have been reading my diary” in a snarky way. But after reading the article, I kind of feel sorry for him. People have demons in all shapes and sizes, sometimes you can’t beat them – like Kurt Cobain or (possibly) Heath Ledger. As a human being, I hope he manages to survive his paranoia.

  24. SW says:

    Ativan wouln’t be used solely by itself as a treatment for bipolar/manic depression. It could be used in conjuction with another medicine though. I am bipolar … I take one medicine for the manic depression part and another for the anxiety part. So there you have it. For the record, being ‘bipolar’ is a REALLY SHITTY illness that no one should take lightly or poke fun at.

  25. Baholicious says:

    Feebee: “While I applaud people who talk about problems like mental illness, bringing them out in to the open and allowing discussion… too much breeds familiarity and that breeds contempt and/or indifference, hence the comfort with the slang-ization of some terms.”

    It’s precisely because it is under-discussed and misunderstood that leads to contempt, indifference, stigmatization and inappropriate use of terminology.

    At the end of the day many people still see it as a some kind of character flaw.

    I’ve never heard of Ativan as co-therapy for BP, but hey, the world of meds is such an exciting and ever-changing frontier! :-P

  26. the original kate says:

    if i were his wife i would murder him for constantly talking about our sex life. as for pete being bipolar, i did not know that. i also am bipolar, and was diagnosed in my early twenties after i had a breakdown in college and attempted to kill myself. after lots of therapy & meds,and another suicide attempt it is still very hard to manage and it will never go away. some days are fine, some are not, and some are hellish. it is not being in a bad mood, or being anxious at parties. it is a life-threatening disease caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and it bothers me to no end the way some people toss the term around without knowing what it is (i’m not talking to anyone here!). it’s like comparing having the flu with having cancer…so insulting. the bipolar thing could be what makes him run his mouth but more likely he is just full of himself.

  27. dovesgate says:

    If he isn’t managing the manic part, it could possibly make him run off at the mouth. Weird thing about bi-polar is that though it has common symptoms it seems to affect everyone differently.

    I, for instance, tend to enjoy my manic phases. It’s very… euphoric almost. I can understand why he gets chatty and overshares when he is like that.

  28. dubdub2000 says:


    dude’s not bipolar. He’s got depressive tendencies aggravated (if not caused) by severe insomnia (which he thinks makes him manic) that’s it. Not fun for sure, quite debilitating in fact,big problem for sure, but not bipolar.
    I am so sick and tired of hearing him harp on about his suicide attempt (more like a call for help, he took some pills and then called his manager to come get him…) like it’s the latest fashion accessory. I’m always appalled at how off the cuff he is about it, just like how he likes to toss that word “bipolar” around. What gets to me is so many teens actually look up to this twat and he is such an absolute douche running his mouth about serious issues like it’s fashionable and such.
    People toss the word “bipolar” around like it’s nothing the same way most people in LA seam to pop prozac and zantac and whatnot like they are skittles. Mental illness is not a joke and these hollywood celebrity types make it sound as though it is.
    You don’t see anyone going around saying they got aids when they got the flu? But when it comes to mental illness it seems to be some kind of fashionable joke for lot of hollywood types. I mean if you dont have some kind of addiction, or survivor story to harp on about, you at least have to claim some mental illness otherwise what charity will you represent on celebrity jeopardy?! What harrowing life story will you talk about on Oprah?

    Now see, you want to really see what mental illness looks like? It looks like Britney Spear’s breakdown. That’s real.