The American singer, songwriter, and musician Scott Weiland left everyone behind in sorrow in 2015. Weiland succumbed to death due to a drug overdose. While everyone was mourning his death, there was one lady whose life became more miserable and took a drastic turn. The lady was Jamie Watchel, a photographer and a model by profession.
Jamie and Scott Weiland tied the knot back in 2013 after dating for a while. Jamie was the third wife of Scott Weiland. Scott was previously married to Mary Forsberg and Janina Castaneda. As soon as Jamie was involved in a romantic relationship with the singer, her life took a different turn. She became a household name in the industry and was popular. However, all her happiness came to an end with the demise of Scott.
Jamie Wachtel Had an Interest in Photography Since her Childhood Days
Jamie Wachtel was born in Canton, Ohio, to parents James and Karel Wachtel. She was nicknamed Jimmy by her family members and her friends when she was a child. Growing up, between reading books and playtimes, she garnered an interest in photography. The moment she decided to become a photographer, her parents gifted her a camera at the age of 12.
She then began changing her interest into a passion and made a career in photography after she completed her education.
Wachtel is a Model, Painter, and Photographer by Profession
Before launching herself as a photographer, Jamie has served as a model for various brands. Her modelling career began when she moved to Los Angeles from Ohio to step into the modelling world. After giving many auditions, she finally got her first modelling contract at the age of 16. Later on, she shifted her focus to photography.
During the initial days of her career, she served as a photo assistant and studio manager with several renowned photographers in Los Angeles. Apart from this, Wachtel is also a painter. Her creations are kept in Purchase and Shipping for sale. The painting’s cost ranges from $300 to $1200.
Though she has done incredible work in her career, Wachtel became a household name in the showbiz industry when she started dating Scott Weiland.
Scott Weiland and Jamie Wachtel Road to Love: How Did Their Story Start?
Jamie and Scott enjoyed each other’s company as a husband and wife for more than 2 years before an unfortunate event took away Scott’s life. The duo met for the first time in 2011 while Weiland was shooting music videos for his Christmas album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. At that moment, Wachtel was photographing the music video. In a rare interview, Scott recalled his first moment with Jamie by saying:
“I was kind of nervous because one of the songs ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ was a tribute to war veterans from World War II on today. So, I’m in this vintage World War II dress outfit, and she was taking stills of me.”
He further added,
“I was leaning against the fireplace, and she’s like,’ You might want to tuck in your belly a little bit’. It was around the holidays-it was after Thanksgiving, and you know how that tends to be. I was kind of caught off guard, and I started laughing and she started laughing. And I don’t know… something magical happened.”
Jamie and Scott Were Head over Heels in Love with Each Other
The pair fell in love with each other within a short duration of time. Scott was very much delighted with his relationship with Wachtel. However, both have shared relationships with other partners before meeting each other. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Weiland revealed that he was head over heels in love with Jamie. He said he was incredibly happy and further added;
“She is incredibly beautiful in every aspect of the word. Lovely, smart, passionate. And she loves my kids and I love her son. We are getting married in the spring, and our families will be living together….She is the greatest thing that’s happened to me in a long, long time.”
Marriage with Scott Weiland Changed her Life
The former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots Scott tied the nuptial knot with Jamie in 2013’s summer at their house in Los Angeles. Their closest friends and family attended the intimate ceremony. This was Jamie’s second marriage whereas third for Scott. Jamie’s beautiful bridal dress was from Paper Bag Princess in Beverly Hills while the groom was dressed in a John Varvatos outfit.
As per People, soon after exchanging vows, the photographer shared her happiness and said;
“We had the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony. We all cried and laughed. Scott and I are over the moon.”
Unfortunately, their beautiful relationship ended with the demise of Scott Weiland. Weiland died on December 3, 2015, on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota. Some sources revealed his death was caused by an accidental overdose of alcohol, cocaine, and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). However, Jamie claimed that her husband wasn’t taking any kind of drugs.
Jamie was Shattered by the Death of Weiland
The demise of rock and roll icon Scott Weiland hit the music community like a ton of bricks. And nobody was more bummed than his wife Jamie Wachtel. The incident took away Jamie’s happiness. As it is said one should move on no matter what, Jamie has also started living happily with the memories she has shared with Scott.
Though it’s been more than 3 years since Scott’s death, Jamie is living alone. She isn’t dating anyone. It looks like she still needs time to get healed from the pain and start a new life.
Jamie Puts Her Engagement Ring on eBay For Sale Amid Financial Crises
Scott’s death made everyone from the music community and his fans shattered, however, most heart-wrenching was for Jamie. And to add more distress to the situation, the engagement ring Scott had given her, wasn’t fully paid for. This iconic ring led Jamie into debt. Having no other options, Jamie tried to recover the losses by listing the ring on eBay. The ring was bided for $8000.
She said that she wanted to move on with good memories of her husband and want to establish herself as an artist. She stated;
“I really just want to move on with my positive memories of my husband. Want to move on as an artist. I am fortunate that I do have a career. I had a career when I met him. It was somewhat shelved for a while there, because I toured with and I was involved in his business.”
Further, she added:
“It’s now the right time to part ways with the ring and hopes that it will make someone as happy as it once made me.”
Recalling the moment when Scott popped the big question, she shared some sweet words that say;
“This is the ring Scott gave me when he proposed. Eight months into this new chapter of my life, I need to part with it. I am so sad to see it go but it’s truly a gorgeous piece and I would love for it to make someone as happy as it once made me.”
As per TMZ, Jamie revealed that she and Scott signed a prenuptial agreement before their wedding. The condition was that Scott would put $2000 each month into a separate account with a provision that the amount would be raised by 7% annually. But they had only made two deposits by the time Scott died in 2015. Had they had the chance to deposit more, Jamie wouldn’t have had to sell or engagement ring. Scott’s net worth was $2 million when he died.
Jamie and Scott were crazily in love with each other until death took one of them away. Even though it’s been more than 3 years since his death, Jamie still posts lots of photographs on her Instagram with Scott.
She Paid a Tribute to Her Late Husband on His Seventh Death Anniversary
On the seventh death anniversary of her late husband Scott, his widow Jamie showed her tribute and love towards him with a post on Instagram with a beautiful caption that wrote:
Seven years.Seven years since this beautiful soul departed and left so many who loved him behind. The most impossible man I’ve ever known. Impossible to understand his genius, the music and lyrics he created, and how he touched so many with his incredible talent. Impossible to understand his knowledge of things that had nothing to do with music.
Further, she added,
Impossibly hilarious. Impossibly full of love for his children, his parents, his friends, me, Wolfie, our dogs. Impossibly difficult and irrational at times-but what genius doesn’t have their quirks? But most of all- he was impossible not to love. His indelible mark is planted on anyone who knew him or knew of him and I hope wherever he is, he feels a lot of love today- and every day.
Jamie Listed Portraits Made by Scott on Sale
In July 2023, Jamie posted a series of self-portraits made by the late singer Scott on her site. Sharing the news on her Instagram handle, she said that she came across the sketchbook while packing her studio, and found the doodle and sketches Scott made in 2015 few months before his death. She further explained that she kept the bok for sale knowing that his fans would cherish this very rare item.