updated 12/03/2008 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/03/2008 AT 12:15 PM ET
Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz didn’t plan for the pregnancy that resulted in their newborn son, Bronx Mowgli, but the proud dad felt it was just the excuse he needed to move past his old rock-star ways.
“It was a happy accident,” Wentz, 29, tells the December issue of Details. “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.”
Wentz says his wild-child days involved experimentation with prescription drugs, including one attempted overdose on Ativan (an anti-anxiety medicine) in 2005. But the drug-overdose death of Heath Ledger in January was an eye-opener for the Fallout Boy bassist.
“Dude, after Heath Ledger,” he says, “I was just like, Man, this is not going to end up good.”
Simpson-Wentz, 24, who married the rocker in an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding in May, also played a role in his transformation.
“I realized I’d found my soul mate, and it made me want to be a better person,” he says. “Now, with the baby, I want to be the best dad I can be.”
“When me and Ashlee are on the red carpet together, I’m like her purse,” he jokes.
With the birth of Bronx, a new Fall Out boy album dropping Dec. 16, and a clothing line, Clandestine, on his resume, Wentz vows he won t be following in the footsteps of sister-in-law Jessica Simpson and her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, when it comes to reality TV.
“I get pitched, like, Newlyweds 2 once a week, dude,” he says. “For like, move-to-an-island-after-this money. I just can’t do it.” Newlyweds 2 once a week, dude,” he says. “For like, move-to-an-island-after-this money. I just can’t do it.”
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