Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda star remembers what would have been his 46th birthday: ‘We’re celebrating you today’
Talinda Bennington, the widow of the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, took to Instagram on Sunday with an emotional message commemorating what Sunday would have been the musical artist’s 46th birthday.
‘Happy birthday my love! We miss you so much,” said Talinda, 45, of her late husband, who died by suicide on July 20, 2017 at the age of 41. “The pain doesn’t get any easier, but you get used to it, they say. I’m not sure I believe that at all. You can’t get used to this kind of sadness.’
She continued, “I’m doing my best to raise our babies the way we’ve always discussed. You were my other half and it’s so hard to walk without you. I love you and we celebrate you today.’
The latest: Talinda Bennington, 45, the widow of the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, took to Instagram on Sunday with an emotional message commemorating what would have been the musical artist’s 46th birthday on Sunday
Talinda accompanied the post with a photo of the late singer smiling while holding a bag that reads “Happy Birthday.”
Chester was the parents of three children with Talinda, son Tyler Lee, 16, and twin daughters Lily and Lila, 10, as well as three sons from previous relationships – Jaime, 25, Isaiah, 24, and Draven, 19.
After Chester’s tragic death, Talinda founded the non-profit organization 320 Changes Direction for friends and family who seek answers to questions about mental health, mental illness and addiction, so they can support those in their lives who are suffering emotionally.”
Talking about her late husband on a May 2019 edition of the ABC News podcast, Life After Suicide, Talinda said she believed the singer was in a “good spot” in his battle with depression and addiction.
After Chester’s tragic death, Talinda founded the mental health nonprofit 320 Changes Direction to help family and friends support their loved ones “who are emotionally suffering.” She was caught in 2018 in LA
Talinda and Chester were photographed at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas
“We just thought he was okay,” Talinda said. ‘I cannot emphasize it enough. If you knew Chester, you’d know he was in a good place, such a good place.”
She said she found comfort in talking to fans of her late husband, who “reached out and said how sad they were and how they thought they couldn’t move on because Chester couldn’t”.
She added: “I knew that was the last thing Chester would have wanted.”
Bennington and Linkin Park achieved huge commercial and critical success with hits such as One Step Closer, In the End and Crawling, the latter of which earned the band a 2002 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. The band would go on to win another Grammy in 2006 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Numb/Encore, a collaboration with Jay-Z.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to Suicide Prevention Lifeline. org.