Scott Weiland has defended his decision to enjoy a massage while his wife was in labour - insisting her contractions "stressed him out".

And I was sober at that time, so I needed something to take the edge off

The former Velvet Revolver frontman split from his second wife, Mary Forsberg, in 2007 and they are currently involved in divorce proceedings.

Forsberg recently released her book Fall To Pieces A Memoir Of Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll, And Mental Illness, which detailed the former couple's relationship - and she revealed the singer called a masseuse during the birth of their first child in 2000.

Weiland admits the story is true and has defended his decision to relaxwhile his wife was having a baby.

He tells Details magazine, "I was incredibly stressed-out. She was having contractions and that was tripping me out, so I called up our friend and she gave me a massage. I laid out right next to where Mary was. No one I've ever talked to thought it was weird. It's incredibly stressful when the person you love is having a child. And I was sober at that time, so I needed something to take the edge off".