Talinda Bennington, Chester Bennington’s widow, has issued her first statement following the death of the beloved Linkin Park singer. On Friday (July 28) — eight days after Bennington committed suicide on July 20 — shared a statement to Rolling Stone about her grief with the loss of the love of her life and children’s father and what she believes the rock icon would have wanted.
She wrote, “One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero — their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy.”
Bennington explained that though her heartbreaks with the loss of her husband, she hopes to give all of her love to her children and the community of his fans. “How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his memory alive,” she said.
She also said that her late husband would have wanted others to know to turn to each other in times of pain, and his music is there for them, as well. “He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”