Fall Out Boy‘s Joe Trohman took to the band’s social media to announce that he’s stepping away from the band. Part of his statement reads, “Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years. So, to avoid fading away and never returning, I will be taking a break from work which regrettably includes slipping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.”
He went on to reassure fans that this isn’t the last we’ll see of him, saying, “It pains me to make this decision, especially when we are releasing a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I’m most proud of). So, the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one-hundred percent. In the meantime I must recover which means putting myself and my mental health first. Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting his difficult , but necessary, decision.”
Over the years mental health has been a more open conversation. It has become a bigger priority in peoples’ lives and rightly so. Trohman’s message is heartbreaking and a huge reminder to us all that burnout is real and it hurts. All of our love goes to Trohman and we are proud of him for his vulnerability and his decision to take a step back. We hope you are all out there taking care of yourself.