Vulture

Skip to content, or skip to search.

letters

Patrick Stump Is Having a Hard Time

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16:  Patrick Stump poses for photos during a taping of Fuse's "Hoppus on Music" at fuse Studios on November 16, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) Patrick Stump

Well, this is a little sad: Patrick Stump, the Fall Out Boy singer who attempted to spin off a solo career last year, is apparently finding it difficult to escape the shadow of his early aughts fame. More to the point, he can't really handle the haters, and he is posting long, confessional letters to his personal blog on the subject. Okay, there's really just the one that went up last night, but it's titled "We Liked You Better Fat: Confessions of a Pariah," and it's a depressing doozy. Even Patrick Stump's dearest fans have turned on him! Even Patrick Stump has turned on himself. Witness:

I had always been prepared for “Haters,” because there’s never been a moment since I graduated high school where I haven’t been the guy in “That Emo band.” ... To this day my favorite writer at cracked.com will occasionally take swipes at my band as one of the worst things to come out of the 2000’s. We were a (albeit funny) running joke on an episode of Children’s Hospital.  Those examples of “Haters,” were people who never liked me (or at least never liked my music) and, by all rights, never really should. Such is the way of things. Different strokes for different folks as it were. What I wasn’t prepared for was the fervor of the hate from people who were ostensibly my own supporters (or at least supporters of something I had been part of).

And then he turns on the self-hate:

The truth is wherever and whoever I am, whoever I am whenever I release whatever release is my next, whoever said recording is recorded with: I will never be the kid from Take This To Your Grave again. And I’m deeply sorry that I can’t be, I truly am (no irony, no sarcasm). I hate waking up every morning knowing I’m disappointing so many people. I hate feeling like the awkward adult husk of a discarded once-cute child actor. I’m debating going back to school and learning a proper trade. It’s tempting to say I won’t ever play/tour/record again, but I think that’s probably just pent up poor-me emotional pessimism talking (I suppose can be excused of that though right? I am the guy from That Emo Band after all).

Oof. Is there anything that will make Patrick feel better?

I’ve been watching a lot of Downton Abbey and I’ve finally caught up on The Office.

Oh Jesus, someone give this guy a hug, and fast.

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/2011 Getty Images