Fall Out Boy Guitarist Joe Trohman Leaves Band Citing Mental Health
Guitarist Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy has announced his temporary departure from the group. Trohman said he is leaving Fall Out Boy “for a moment” to concentrate on his mental health in a message posted to the band’s official Instagram account on Wednesday.
“Neil Young once howled that it’s better to burn out than to fade away. But I can tell you unequivocally that burning out is dreadful. Without divulging all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years,” the note from Trohman began. “So, to avoid fading away and never returning, I will be taking a break from work which regrettably includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.”
Despite the fact that the band is about to release a new album, Trohman says he needs prioritize his mental health right now. Fans were given the assurance that he will rejoin the group after taking the required time to heal, though.
“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,” he continued.
“Thank you to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary, decision. Smell you sooner than later,” Trohman signed off.
Many fans expressed their congratulations in response to Trohman’s revelation in the comment section, with one telling the guitarist to “take all the time” he needs to heal.
Trohman, along with vocalist Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz, and drummer Andy Hurley, has been members of the group since its beginnings in the early 2000s.