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"I hate feeling like the awkward adult husk of a discarded once-cute child actor," he writes, admitting that he'll never again be the teenage kid responsible for FOB's earliest and arguably best work. "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)."
While Fall Out Boy was, indeed, dismissed by many as "emo," the Chicago group had plenty of fans. Last year, as Stump promoted his solo album, 'Soul Punk,' many turned up at his gigs. However, some in the audience weren't there to give Patrick props. These "haters" actually went out of their way to tell Stump he'd never be as good as a solo artist. Some even said things like, "We liked you better fat," he reveals in the post, referencing the weight he lost after getting over a bad breakup.
He's in a tough spot, Pat writes, because he's too famous to start from scratch. He's stuck playing rooms of a certain size, where "10-20 percent" of the audience will turn up simply to shout mean things at the stage.
"It's as though I've received some big cosmic sign that says I should disappear," he says. "So I've kind of disappeared."
On the bright side -- if you can call it that -- he's spent his away time writing and producing for other artists and catching up on his and 'Downton Abbey' and 'Office' viewing. And he's got enough money to tide him over for a couple of years.
Better still, he's got fans like Corinne Campbell of Ashland, Ore., who responded to Stump's missive with some reassuring words.
"You are my hero and I will continue to support you and your music for the rest of my life," she wrote.
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