Chester Bennington's widow Talinda files for divorce after getting remarried
Talinda married L.A. County firefighter Michael Friedman around New Year’s Eve 2019.
According to TMZ, Talinda filed her divorce petition this Wednesday, Jan. 27 in L.A. County. Then, earlier this week, Talinda confirmed that she and Freidman were parting ways. The couple got engaged in September 2019 and were then married at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii.
“I am ready to announce that Michael and I have decided to move forward with our lives as friends,” she says on Instagram. “Divorce is never easy, but in our case it was for the best. We have remained good friends and he continues to be an important part of my children’s lives. Love and loss is part of life and it’s even harder when you have to do it in the public eye. Thank you for your love and support and respect for our privacy at this time.”
Since Chester Bennington’s death back in 2017, Talinda has been an advocate for her late husband’s work and mental illness. Back in 2018, she participated in a suicide prevention PSA alongside Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda. More recently, in 2019, she debuted the 320 Festival which was created to benefit mental health awareness.
Then, in 2020, Talinda forged a partnership with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman for the 320 Summit. The 320 Project is a non-profit dedicated to addressing the mental health problems facing our communities.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the 320 Festival still went ahead as scheduled. However, Lyman and Talinda took the entire event virtual. A slew of artists were involved in last year’s event including YUNGBLUD who opened up about his own struggles with mental health.