Chester Bennington's widow Talinda is opening up about her husband's death. During a recent podcast interview, she explained how she truly thought he was in a "good place" before he took his own life in July 2017, making his death that much more shocking and painful.
"We just thought he was OK," she said simply. "I can't emphasize [that] enough. If you knew Chester, you would know that he was in a good place, in such a good place."
In the time since his passing, Talinda made a conscious effort not to "stay stuck in despair" and has found solace in connecting with Linkin Park fans. "They were reaching out, saying how sad they were and how they didn't think they could go on because Chester couldn't," she shared. "And I knew that that's the last thing Chester would've wanted."
She began retweeting the messages in an effort for fans to "lift each other up;" however, she still cannot listen to her husband's music and goes to great lengths to change the station if Linkin Park comes on the radio.
"I'll jump from the back seat and change the station, I'll jump out of the car if I have to," she admitted. "That's just a visceral reaction I still have to this day ... it's just too painful."
As she continues to heal, Talinda started the 320 Changes Direction mental health awareness organization and plans to launch a festival in connection to it, alongside Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman.
"It's really exciting," she said. "We are in the process of creating something really amazing."
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
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