Where is Fred Durst today? His life and health detailed

Fred Durst

Fred Durst’s role in the tragic Woodstock ‘99 festival still generates debate decades after the event claimed three lives. A San Francisco Gate article published in 1999 laid the blame squarely on the Limp Bizkit frontman. “I hope they send him the bill,” the piece concluded.

Durst, meanwhile, pointed to the organizers as the main contributors to the failures at Woodstock ‘99 – and a recently released Netflix documentary appears to agree with him. Trainwreck: Woodstock ‘99 details an event that went catastrophically wrong: the raging crowd destroyed property, multiple people reported sexual assaults and theft, and three revelers died. 

With Durst trending due to the popularity of the Netflix docuseries, let’s look at his life now. 

Fred Durst recently got married to his fourth wife, Arles Durst

Fred Durst and Arles Durst
Arles and Fred Durst | Photo by BACKGRID

Fred Durst is a married man – for the fourth time. Durst was first linked with Arles after dancing with her to George Michael’s Careless Whisper during a May 2022 concert in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. 

According to TMZ, the couple wed in Los Angeles County. Arles refers to herself as ‘Mrs. D’ on her private Instagram account, which has a profile picture that includes a diamond ring. Her past love life remains a mystery, but we reckon it pales in comparison to Durst’s. 

Durst and his first wife, Rachel Tergesen, married and welcomed their daughter, Adriana Durst, in 1990. The couple divorced in 1993, and eight years later, Fred had a son, Dallas, with his then-girlfriend Jennifer Thayer. 

For three months in 2009, Fred was married to Esther Nazarov – it is his shortest union so far. In 2013, Durst married make-up artist Kseniya Beryazina. The couple’s 2019 divorce turned messy, leading to Fred’s five-year ban from Ukraine. 

Fred and Arles likely live in his Mediterranean-style Los Angeles mansion, which he purchased for $3 million in July 2021. Durst moves around a lot: Dirt reported that in 20 years, he’s bought and sold 10 houses around Los Angeles County. 

Durst canceled Limp Bizkit’s 2022 tour due to personal health concerns

In July 2022, Limp Bizkit canceled the European leg of its Still Sucks tour due to Durst’s health concerns. The band posted the following message on its verified Instagram account:

“For personal health concerns and based on medical advice given by my personal physician to take an immediate break from touring, Limp Bizkit will sadly have to postpone their 2022 UK and European tour.”

Via a video posted on Limp Bizkit’s website, Durst said he underwent routine tests to ensure he was in good condition for the tour. Fred said the advice from his doctor surprised him, but he chose to abide by his physician’s recommendations. Durst said:

“And to my surprise my doctor has decided to send me a letter telling me he would not like me to tour at this time and he would like me to stay close by to do some more tests. That being said, this was very unexpected news and I’m so sorry and I look forward to making it up to you as soon as possible and I can only thank you so much for your support.”

Fred hasn’t elaborated on which health concerns his doctor cited. Considering Still Sucks’ poor performance in the charts, Limp Bizkit would have wanted a successful European tour, but the band decided to prioritize its frontman’s health. 

At around the same time in 2021, Limp Bizkit canceled its post-pandemic tour due to COVID-19 concerns. “Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the band, crew and most of all the fans, the Limp Bizkit show this Monday and the remaining August tour is being canceled,” a statement from the band read. 

After the cancellation, Fred refuted rumors that bandmate Wes Borland had health issues. Durst wrote on Instagram:

“Let us be clear: 1. Wes Borland does not have Covid. 2. The system is seriously flawed. 3. We don’t care much about the BS. We care a lot about you.”

During his breaks from music, Durst has participated in film projects. In 2019, he wrote and directed The Fanatic, starring John Travolta.

Fred maintains he didn’t contribute to the carnage at Woodstock ‘99

Much of the violence at Woodstock ‘99 happened during and after Limp Bizkit’s performance. During the set, Fred told the crowd that the promoters had asked him to help calm the situation. “But I don’t think you should mellow out,” Durst said. 

Before playing the band’s song Break Stuff, Fred riled up the crowd further. “Ever have one of those days when everything’s fucked up and you just want to break stuff,” Durst said. Shortly after, the destruction of property and assaults started. 

In an interview, Fred said Limp Bizkit couldn’t see the carnage from the stage: “When you’re looking out on a sea of people and the stage is twenty feet in the air and you’re performing, and you’re feeling your music, how do they expect us to see something bad going on?” 

During a 2012 interview, Fred said the crowd misunderstood his call to ‘get rid of that negative energy.’ “That means start jumping – jumping and singing. It doesn’t mean start raping and burning the place down,” Durst said. 

In 2019, Durst told Variety that the organizers were responsible for the bungled festival. He explained:

“Limp Bizkit is an easy target so bring it on. It’s easy to point the finger and blame [us], but they hired us for what we do — and all we did is what we do. I would turn the finger and point it back to the people that hired us.”