The Beautiful Way Chester Bennington’s Wife Talinda Is Reaching Out To Linkin Park Fans Struggling With Depression And Suicidal Thoughts To #MakeChesterProud

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Chester Bennington's Widow Talinda Tells Twitter To #FuckDepression In Order To #MakeChesterProud
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We could not be more in love with this woman.

Yesterday Chester Bennington's grieving widow, Talinda, shared a family photo on Twitter taken just days before the Linkin Park singer died by suicide at the age of 41.

The photo, which appears to have been taken at Terranea Resort, a popular hang out for residents of Palos Verdes Estates (the hilltop town where the Benningtons lived), Greater Los Angeles, and tourists alike, is a selfie that manages to capture a beaming Chester, clearly adoring Talinda, and four of his six joyous children.

The heartbreaking caption reads, "This was days b4 my husband took his own life.Suicidal thoughts were there,but you'd.Never kmow. #fuckdepression."

 

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For the record, Bennington's children include son Tyler Lee and twins daughters Lily and Lilla with Talinda Bentley (below center), whom he married in 2006, sons Jaime and Isaiah from a previous relationship with Elka Brand (below right) and son Draven with his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit (below left), whom he married in 1996 and divorced in 2005.

When celebrity interviewer extraordinaire, Robin Leach once asked, "What is it like to be Chester?" Bennington answered with this super sweet, albeit somewhat confusing, statement:

"Let me give you a typical day. I’m a recovering alcoholic, that’s the first thing. I have a big family. I’ve got three kids in college, one in high school, one in fifth grade and twin girls who are 5; they are in pre-K. I have two pigmy goats, three bantam chickens, a tortoise, six dogs, two cats, fish, so I have a farm... I eat breakfast and get the kids to school. I weight lift for an hour or two, then I head to the studio sometimes depending if I have stuff to do that day, hit meetings.

I love football, super stoked about football season. Yeah, so you know, it’s a pretty awesome life."

Other than the fact that his calculations add up to seven kids total, not six (mystery child, perhaps?), it's quite clear this a was man with a life overflowing with love.

In this video, Chester practically glows with love for his videographer — Talinda!

One of Chester's many love poems to his wife.

 

Related: How Linkin Park's Chester Bennington's Childhood Sexual Abuse Impacted His Mental Health

 

And just as clearly, Talinda has made a choice to ensure that her husband's far-too-early and tragic death spurs some healing for others.

In a statement to People Magazine just after her husband was found, having hung himself from a bedroom door, 40-year-old model Talinda said:

“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. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul?"

 

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"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. 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.”

Talinda is making good on doing her part to ensure that her own prayer is answered a beautifully modern way — via hashtags.

After the widow's Twitter account was heartlessly hacked just hours after his passing by someone posting cruel lies alleging she had been unfaithful and was glad he had died, anyone would have understood if she had chosen to go silent on social media.

Instead, she has been actively tweeting and retweeting support for other struggling with mental illness and battling the mental health stigma.

Not only is she retweeting the heart-warming thoughts shared by fellow celebs, as might be expected, but she is reaching out to anyone and everyone who might need a kind and understanding human connection.

And thankfully, her efforts are paying off.

Nothing will ever replace the gaping hole Chester's absence leaves in Talinda's heart or in the hearts of his children, everyone who knew him personally and the rest of us who loved him for his music.

But thanks to the beautiful seeds she has only just begun planting in his name, Chester Bennington's legacy of overflowing love seems sure to live on in eternity. 

Please remember that there are several options if you or someone you know needs help to deal with an immediate crisis. Call 911 if you think a family member may harm themselves or others.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Senior Editor and happily-former divorce coach/mediator Arianna Jeret is a recognized expert on love, sex, and relationships (except when it comes to her own life, of course) who has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, Yahoo Style, Fox News, Bustle, Parents and more. Join her Sundays at 10:15 PM EST for answers to ALL of your questions on Facebook Live on YourTango and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

 

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