After late Chester Bennington’s sister Tobi accused her brother’s Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda of mistreating Chester throughout the years, the singer’s ex-wife Samantha spoke up via Instagram, voicing her support of Tobi.
Samantha wrote when asked for her opinion by a fan:
“My sister-in-law speaks the truth. I just got off the phone with her and my son and I support her! We have many things of our own to say and we will speak them publicly when we’re ready! Our family stands strong!”
About a month after Chester’s death in July 2017, Samantha accused his widow Talinda of “capitalizing on his death.” You can read more about it here.
In related news, Chester’s niece Alyssa appears to have briefly addressed the situation, writing via Twitter:
“Lol false news.”
Meanwhile, Tobi’s Twitter profile was deactivated yesterday.
As reported, Tobi initially wrote via Twitter:
“My LP Family, ‘I scream at myself when there’s nobody else to fight; I don’t lose, I don’t win, if I’m wrong then I’m halfway right; I know what I want but it feels like I’m paralyzed.’ This is how I feel about Mike vs. Chester. Someday the truth will come out.”
She added after a fan expressed confusion over the post:
“Someday it will make sense. Now is not the time.”
After a fan wrote, “Please, don’t write these things and leave us without explanation! It hurts us,” Tobi replied:
“I’m sorry. I’m not intending to hurt anyone. My apologies.”
Another fan replied with: “I mean this with all the love in the world ’cause we adore you Tobi but it’s a little cruel of you to put this type of tweet out there which you know we won’t understand and will just upset and confuse all of us.” Tobi replied:
“Watching everyone talk about my brother and Mike has been causing me to have anxiety attacks and it feels cruel at times. I’m sorry for the pain this will cause. I need to take the bandage off. I pray you will support me.
Another fan wrote: “Perhaps you didn’t know your brother as well as you thought, if you think there was ever Mike vs. Chester. I know you’re grieving still. My sister died by suicide. I get it. But to post this with no context, knowing so many who love Chester follow you, is irresponsible.” Tobi replied:
“I’m sorry you feel this way. And I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your sister. I know my brother very well thank you. And I know he wouldn’t want M. vs C. He’d want unity. He’d also want it to be authentic. And I’m saying that it currently is not and never was.”