Pete Wentz says he pops Ambien “like Skittles”


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Pete Wentz has always been the kind of guy who’s open with reporters and shares the type of things most would want to keep private. He freely offers up honest answers even when they’re unflattering. A great example is a recent interview he gave to Blender magazine, in which he said he pops Ambien like Skittles and can take a ton of Xanax without it affecting him.

On a personal level, Pete Wentz is on top of the world as hubby to pop princess Ashlee Simpson and dad to their first child, Bronx Mowgli. Professionally, his band Fall Out Boy continues to rock. But all of that doesn’t mean the 29-year-old is all smiles.

Wentz recently turned up to a breakfast interview at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the upcoming issue Blender Magazine (which hits stands nationwide on Jan. 13) half-an-hour late, reportedly looking worse-for-wear with dark circles around his eyes and a jaundiced-like pale complexion.

He told the reporter that he is lucky to get three hours sleep per night and “pops Ambien like Tropical Skittles.”… “I can take three Xanax bars and not feel a thing. It’s kind of scary,” he added.

Wentz was also overheard by another diner discussing his extreme paranoia and his confrontation with an intruder a few nights earlier. We’re told the bassist was in his kitchen when he saw a man in the security monitor scaling the fence, prompting him to run outside. Wentz claimed the intruder then hopped in his car and sped off, smashing the Range Rover on the way.

According to a Pete pal, the musician’s health is causing a little concern. “He’s always been very hard-working and creative but with the band and the baby and everything that’s going on he’s probably rundown,” said the source.

[From Fox News’ Pop Tarts]

It’s interesting that Fox says he has extreme paranoia and that he “claimed the intruder then hopped in his car and sped off,” as though they’re doubtful about the accuracy of the story.

Pete’s pill popping sounds like it could be a big problem. When you can take a bunch of Ambien and Xanax and it doesn’t have much effect on you, then you’ve probably built up quite a tolerance to them. People seem to think Ambien is no big deal because it’s “just” a sleeping pill. But it is a dangerous drug, and it needs stronger warnings. The FDA is trying to get the labels changed to reflect the multiple dangerous side effects of the drug, which include sleep eating, sleep driving, sleep phone calls, and sleep sex. It is NOT a pill to pop like candy. Pete’s got a wife and baby, and it sounds like it’s time for him to take some of these health issues more seriously.

Here’s Pete Wentz shopping at The Grove before Christmas in Los Angeles on December 23rd. Images thanks to Fame.

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  1. monica says:

    cry for help?
    wow… i hate skittles.

  2. Baholicious says:

    Given this recent development with the popping of said sleep aids, art show (meaning the dude’s got a lot of balls in the air at the moment what with baby, band,etc.), blabbing about his private life all over the place and forgetting there is such a thing as an internal monologue, I’d say he’s having a manic episode. Has he had problems with depression in the past?

  3. Baholicious says:

    And before anybody accuses me of armchair psychiatry, I’m just asking a question.

  4. Baholicious says:

    I hate them too Monica. I’m a Jelly Tots girl myself…

  5. gg says:

    Ok-kay… his physician’s gonna love that comment. Dumbass. Ambien sucks anyway and it’s clearly not working for him so he should either switch to Lunesta AND USE IT AS RECOMMENDED, i.e., no more than 1 in a 24-hour period, QUIT taking the dangerous drug Xanax, which is not cool to go around blabbing about how ineffective it is like it’s candy, and get therapy.

  6. MSat says:

    Well, I guess we know who’s doing all the late-night feedings with the baby.

    Maybe Pete needs to lay low for a while. In fact, maybe he should lay low forever and take his ditzy bride with him.

  7. california angel says:

    FYI: I was diagnosed with insomnia when I was 16 and have taken Ambien and it does not work at all (even tried them two and three at a time and still could not sleep a wink). Just because a medication is not effective with one person’s body chemistry does not necessarily mean that the person has developed a tolerance. That being said, sounds like he needs to switch meds.

  8. california angel says:

    oh and i just realized you said that already gg, sorry:)

  9. Amy says:

    Yes, he has had problems with depression in the past, including a suicide attempt. He shouldn’t be adding fuel to the fire with depressants like that. Plus, saying you pop *anything* like Skittles is fecking irresponsible!

  10. Trillion says:

    He’s trying to sound cool. It’s not working.

  11. aleach says:

    why is this dude still talking? i thought that i read he was going to lay low for awhile.
    hes just talking out of his ass, like Trillion said, trying to sound “cool” or like a badass or something.
    NOT working.
    he sounds like an attention-seeking idiot.

  12. Mandy says:

    I used Ambien and Xanax for my CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), and even though I didn’t experience side effects or addiction, I just didn’t like the zombie feeling, so I asked my doctor if there was a safer alternative. He wrote “move to Amsterdam” on a prescription slip and handed it to me. Couldn’t actually prescribe marijuana in our state, but dammit, he could hint at it! And yes, it worked, and I definitely feel MUCH safer. It normalized my sleep schedule, relieved the anxiety and depression, and I don’t even have to take Tramadol or Vicodin for the severe joint pain anymore!

  13. Shawna says:

    I myself have ambien…and I recently got the crap scared out of me…sleep driving and sleep phone calls are REAL,……it happened to ME!

  14. DHFM says:

    I’ve taken Ambien for a year…and for sure I’ve done almost EVERYTHING you can think of while sleeping (sex, driving, talking on the phone, texting, making food, etc). Plus I’ve had crazy hallucinations on it.
    Lunesta, trazadone, and other sleep aids don’t work at all on me…

    But I also have the best sleep of my life when I take it.

    Now I just hide my keys and my phone.

    PS- Pete Wentz needs to just watch how he says things…It comes off as if he thinks taking a few bars of Xanax and mixing with a few Ambien is ok. It’s not.

  15. Ophelia says:

    I have had horrible insomnia most of my life, and a few months ago my doctor decided to try a stronger sleeping pill and gave me Ambien. To my knowledge, none of those things happened, but within a month I developed a tolerance. It’s crap.Then I was on Lunesta. Never EVER take that! I became totally randomly suicidal within days. It was terrifying, like my mind turned against me. I mention this on any forum or comment section that involves sleeping pills, lol. Lunesta=Bad.
    *steps off soapbox*

  16. Rosebudd says:

    I thought Ambien was not to be taken more than 7 consecutive days. If Peten is taking it more frequently, I sure hope he is not around the baby at night. Ashlee shld. padlock him in a room alone!

  17. angela white says:

    hey – maybe he was “sleep talking ” in this interview….

  18. Whitey Fisk says:

    Ambien can be taken long-term under a doctor’s supervision. It is a common off-label use. Developing tolerance to it is rare. My mother developed chronic insomnia when she went through menopause. She’s been taking the exact same minuscule dose every night for many years, and it’s really improved her quality of life. Everybody reacts differently, but is has been a blessing for her.

    Maybe we’ll all be blessed by the Ambien fairy when this douche pops one too many…

  19. Codzilla says:

    Trillion/Aleach: Agreed!

  20. mollination says:

    I take Ambien too, and while it used to work great I’ve recently been switched to the generic and I hate it. I could take 10 and still need more.

    I worry about Pete because he od’d on Ativan (he’s quite public about it) and so I don’t think Zanax is a good thing for him to be switching to. They’re practically the same.

  21. Baholicious says:

    Lunesta works well for me. No grogginess in the morning either.

  22. jb says:

    Wow I love some Ambien!!! You go boy!!

  23. vdantev says:

    I think the author meant penises, not Ambien.

  24. Emelieeriksson says:

    is sad that is hard too sleep : (

  25. Thank you so much..that is a very helpful info for me.I had a trouble in sleeeping few months ago and at the moment I can get a good night sleep.hahaha.I tried so many things to cure it and I did solve my problem.Happy sleeping..just sharing dude. :D