During a recent appearance on “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown,” SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor opened up about his early drug and alcohol addiction and how he makes sense of his extrasensory observations with the paranormal; discussed his difficult childhood, his process of discovering music and writing as an outlet, and his journey toward sobriety; explained the depression he faced after suffering a severe spinal cord injury from a stage dive; talked about using therapy to find healthier ways to parent, and how he was able to quit smoking cigarettes; and shared his intense experiences with paranormal intelligent energy and how he makes sense of the phenomena.
Speaking about his relationship with his son, he said: “Griffin is 19. He’s gonna be 20 this year, and my heart just [bursts with emotion]. He’s in a band [VENDED] that’s doing really well right now. As much as I try to just let him free range and just be his own self… At one point when he was younger, he wanted to be a botanist and a video game tester. And I was, like, ‘Hey. Go. Run with the bulls. Make it happen.’ And then he just gravitated right to the [music] stuff.”
“This is actually my third marriage [with Alicia Dove, who he married in October 2019]. My last marriage [to Luby], which was not Griffin‘s mother — it was actually my daughter’s mother — that lasted about eight years. I won’t go into specifics, but it wasn’t a good time.’
“My [youngest] daughter’s seven,” he continued. “So I have a high school daughter, who’s 29; I have Griffin, who’s 19; and I have Ryan, my daughter, who’s seven. So I have to be careful every 10 years. Apparently I’m very fertile. It’s very weird.”
When asked about his eldest daughter Angeline, Corey responded: “It’s weird, because her mother and I split up when we were very young. And she went her way, I went my way, and it wasn’t until the first time I got sober that I really was able to be in her life. So I didn’t come into her life until she was about 11.
“And even though we have so much in common, and we look exactly the same, which I keep apologizing to her; I’m, like, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I was her father but I wasn’t her dad, and I have all the respect in the world for her stepfather. You try to develop the best relationship you can. And it’s been up and down over the years. Right now it’s down. But at the same time, you have that love, and that love is always gonna be there.”
Corey previously spoke about the relationship with his eldest daughter in a 2020 interview with Metal Hammer. He said at the time: “She and I aren’t really close… I don’t want to say we had a falling out, but we just kind of drifted apart a few years ago. I wasn’t there when she was born. She was born early on and I was already at work when that was going on. With [son] Griff it’s different, though. I was there from day one. As well as with [youngest daughter] Ryan.
“It’s difficult,” he added. “It’s a tough thing to deal with, but all you can focus on are the ones you have, the ones that are right there, and hope that the other one is doing OK. I definitely miss her.”