In a sincere Tumblr blog post written by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, the performer announced that he has no interest in performing in public any time soon.
Stump was prompted to write this post after reading a nostalgic article from underthegunreview.net, where the author, Jacob Tender, talked about how important Fall Out Boy’s 2005 album, From Under the Cork Tree, was to him.
After Fall Out Boy became more mainstream in the industry after From Under the Cork Tree was released, the attitude toward the band changed.
People began to concentrate on Pete Wentz’s hair and wishing the band’s sound would revert back to being more like its second album, Take This to Your Grave, released in 2003.
According to Stump, Fall Out Boy’s last album Folie A Deux was the most openly hated by audiences and was the band’s poorest selling major label album.
Stump said touring stopped being fun when fans only wanted to hear old songs. He realized this when he was basically booed for playing new songs.
“We were rotten vegetable targets in Clandestine hoodies,” said Stump.
When Fall Out Boy went on hiatus in 2009, Stump decided to take better care of himself and work on other projects.
He released his solo album Soul Punk through Island Records and took the initiative to lose weight.
That didn’t stop people from being critical of his every move.
Stump said some people would say, “We liked you better fat.”
People even sent threatening hate mail to his home and some went to the shows on his solo tour to tell him he “sucked without Fall Out Boy.”
“The hate really crushed me,” he said.
It didn’t help when he tried to stand up for himself, because some people had no sympathy for an artist they believed to have millions of dollars.
For Stump, money means nothing to him besides living comfortably and avoiding bankruptcy.
“There’s no amount of money that makes you feel better when people think of you as a joke or hack or a failure or ugly or stupid or morally empty,” Stump said.
For now, Stump is deciding to disappear for a bit from the performance scene. The feeling of being a disappointment to people has become overbearing.
Lately, he has worked as a professional songwriter and producer available for hire. Stump is going to go with the flow and said performing again will happen when it happens.
In terms of working with Fall Out Boy, he said they still have not broken up, but doesn’t expect to do anything with them soon since the other members are currently working on new projects.
“I, as always, would be super psyched to do the band again though,” Stump said.