Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and his wife Ari are talking about his 2013 suicide attempt.
The band re-released the emotional song “Catching Fire,” featuring Nothing, Nowhere, on Friday. It was written by Whibley about going through an extremely dark period eight years ago after Ari tried to kill himself.
“This is something I live with every day. It’s something he lives with every day, ”said Ari, 30. People. “It is something that is very tangible in our lives. But keeping it between us isn’t going to do us any more favors. We have grown and learned all we can from this experience. “
“If by being honest and letting it out, which is scary, we can help anyone, a person feels less alone or more understood, then I think it’s worth saying,” he added.
After Ari attempted suicide, the couple said they just didn’t talk about it and continued partying and drinking, prior to Whibley’s health problem in 2014, which saw him spend a month in the hospital for alcohol poisoning after several of your organs will begin to fail. .
Since then, they have been sober together and welcomed their baby boy, Lydon Igby, in March 2020.
Canadian singer Whibley, 41, said that even after they stopped drinking, they never spoke of the suicide attempt, until Ari left to be with her family in her hometown, leaving the musician alone for the first time in their relationship. of 10 years.
Admitting that he felt “really lonely and haunting”, Whibley then wrote the lyrics to “Catching Fire”, as if he had lost Ari forever.
“It was heartbreaking, exhausting and torturous,” he shared. “And then from that moment on, I felt like something had changed inside of me.”
“At the time, we were both hurting ourselves and our relationship. And at the same time, we both went out and saved each other, and we’re here for each other, ”Whibley said. “And it only gets stronger and better as time goes on. So we both feel lucky and lucky to have each other. “
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“Coming to terms with the fact that it wasn’t just the alcohol that had caused all these problems, that it was just part of who I was, was really difficult,” continued Ari, who now sees a therapist. But thanks to therapy, I was able to start opening up more to myself and Deryck. And so he felt more comfortable asking deeper questions and more meaningful questions that now there is really nothing for him and I to hold back. “
“We talk about it the same way you would talk about an injury,” he said. “It is something normal that we deal with every day.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, there are resources available. In an emergency, call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for the Prevention of Suicide, Depression Hurts and the Children’s Helpline 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways to get help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health problems.