Pete Wentz: 'I Want To Be The Best Dad I Can Be'

12/03/2008 at 01:00 PM ET
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Before meeting his "soul mate," Pete Wentz found himself in a difficult period of his life during the winter of 2005, having recently swallowed an excess amount of anxiety medication only to have family persuade him to go to the emergency room. The accidental death of actor Heath Ledger in January 2008, however, provided Pete with an abrupt wake-up call that, "Man, this is not going to end up good." Additionally, the timing of the singer’s decision to alter his way of living coincided with the start of his relationship with fellow singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, whom he eventually married in May 2008. "It made me want to be a better person," explains Pete in the December issue of Details. He adds,

"I’ve had a thing for that girl for a really, really long time."

In Chile with his band Fall Out Boy, Pete received a phone call from Ashlee with the exciting news that she was pregnant with their first child. Thousands of miles apart, but determined to share the moment together, Ashlee e-mailed Pete a photo of her positive pregnancy test, a moment Pete recalls to be less-than-perfect timing! "I was like, ‘Oh my God, this might be the worst possible time to have this conversation," says the 29-year-old, who was then busy with preparing for a show in Antarctica. However, despite the initial shock — as Pete reveals the pregnancy was "a happy accident" — the new dad-to-be was confident that the unexpected twist was simply another motivator to live his life right.

"I was definitely scared, just thinking, ‘This is something that’s going to exist for the rest of your life and you can’t f-ck it up. But I think that certain things happen for a reason in your life and maybe it was time to put the wild child in a cage."

Welcoming their son Bronx Mowgli on November 20th, Pete — who is full-swing into daddy duty — now looks forward to the future with his family of three. "Now, with the baby, I want to be the best dad I can be," explains Pete. For the proud father, famous for his coyness with the press, that includes turning down the countless offers for a reality show. "I get pitched, like, Newlyweds 2 once a week, dude. For like … Move-to-an-island-after-this money. I just can’t do it," admits Pete.

Source: Details

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Shelly on

It sounds like these two really have their heads together and realize that Baby comes first. I wish them well. And I wish we could see a picture of Bronx. :o)

Shelby on

Wise, wise man not to have a “Newlyweds 2”. Apparently, he learned from his sister-in-law’s mistake–those things never seem to end well, unfortunately.

Charley on

Ahahaha, wasn’t Joe Simpson (Ashlee’s father) the founder, creator and producer of Newleyweds – owning exclusive rights to the format? He also did the same on the Ashlee Simpson Show, Ashlee’s own reality show that followed shortly after.

I suspect therefore that its Joe offering them Newleyweds 2 every week!

Meg on

Smart man, that Pete. Newlyweds 2 is not a good idea. I have to say that Pete sounds so happy and calm, compared to what he used to be. And the best part is that Fall Out Boy’s music is only getting better along with Pete getting better. It just proves that you don’t need to be on drugs to come up with good music. Good for Pete for putting it out there. I’m glad he’s in a better place now, because of Ashlee and Bronx. They will be an awesome rocker fam… they’re the next Rossdales!

Erica on

Couldn’t agree with Meg more. They’re just awesome, and it seems that Pete really is turning his life around. I’m so happy for them and cannot wait to see pictures of their little rocker man 🙂

Artemis on

They seem to excited, Im so glad to see people my age can actually be responsible and mature. I have to admit Im not a fan of Ashlee and her lip syncing, but they seem to make very good parents!