Fred Durst Defends Himself Against Misleading Playboy Article

By | June 5, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Nine months after 9/11, Fred Durst is standing by his vow not to be a “hater,” despite what an interview in the July issue of Playboy might suggest.

In the piece, Durst bashes Christina Aguilera, Kurt Loder and Filter’s Richard Patrick, but the interview was conducted long before the singer’s post-September 11 pledge to give peace a chance.

“That interview is one-and-a-half years old that just got published with some extra comments about Wes [Borland],” Durst wrote on the official Limp Bizkit Web site. “I was really feeling negative about a lot of things back then.”

One reason readers were duped by the Playboy piece was because quotes about Borland leaving Limp Bizkit were seamlessly interwoven with much older material. MTV News was also fooled and erroneously reported that Fred had gone back on his pledge to stay positive.

Durst wrote on the Bizkit Web site that at the time he did the original interview with Playboy, he was speaking from the heart, but explained, “It’s amazing how, over time, a person’s perspective can be altered. I’ve somehow been able to let myself move on from the feelings I had back then.”

In response to Durst’s comments to Playboy, Patrick posted a scathing rebuttal on the official Filter Web site, but after he read the Bizkit frontman’s Web comments concerning the issue, Patrick softened his own stance, and acknowledged his improved relationship with Durst.

“I am definitely willing to put this behind us,” Patrick wrote. “When I hugged you at [a recent] Puddle of Mudd [show], I could feel love from the both of us, and I’d rather feel that than feel hurt.”

Meanwhile, Durst and his Bizkit bandmates continue to write new material in Los Angeles and have churned out roughly 20 songs so far (see “Fred Durst Taking Guitar Matters Into His Own Hands?”).

MTV News apologizes for any confusion caused by our original report on the Playboy article.

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