Totalling 1,979 words, the long, personal message begins, “I woke up this morning still dreaming, or not fully aware of myself just yet. The sun poked through the windows, touching my face, and then a deep sadness overcame me, immediately, bringing me to life and realisation – My Chemical Romance had ended.”
Following a long, metaphorical anecdote about finding and freeing a bird trapped in his library, the singer/comic book writer goes on to describe My Chemical Romance as “spectacular”, and says they had “a fail safe, a doomsday device… When it’s time, we stop.”
He goes on to detail, in unclear terms, the reasons for the band’s split. He cites a New Jersey concert on Saturday May 19, 2012 as being a moment when his perspective shifted. In the aftermath, he says, “I hollowed out, stopped listening to music, never picked up a pencil, started slipping into old habits.” The old habits were not specified, but Way struggled with his use of alcohol and prescription drugs until 2004.
After thanking his entire band, crew and team, Way concludes: “Since I am bad with goodbyes. I refuse to let this be one. But I will leave you with one last thing.”
My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band – it is an idea.
Gerard Way’s brother Mikey Way, bassist in the band, also took to Twitter yesterday to communicate with fans more concisely. Addressing online rumours that the band’s split had something to do with the break-up of his marriage in January 2013, reportedly as a result of, Way’s cheating, Mikey Way wrote: “For the record, my relationship has absolutely nothing to do with what just happened. They are completely separate.”