Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’Arcy Wretzky has opened up on her fraught relationship with frontman Billy Corgan in a new interview.
The iconic group look set to reunite, with Billy Corgan recently pictured in the studio with original guitarist and drummer James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. They are expected to announce a reunion album and tour this week.
After Wretsky revealed that she would play no part in the reunion, Corgan downplayed Wretsky’s past role and musical contributions to the band, leading to a heated back and forth.
Now, Wretzky has given her first interview in 20 years, detailing the split and her relationship with Corgan.
Speaking to Alternative Nation, she said: “[Billy] has been telling people, ‘Well [The Smashing Pumpkins] haven’t played with [D’arcy] at all in 18 years.’ Right dumbass, because then it wouldn’t be a reunion! He says that he’s invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He’s never invited me to anything. In fact, my feelings were a little bit hurt because he did the solo album tour, and he didn’t tell me when it started. I was texting him saying, ‘Where the fuck are you dumbass?’ He’s like, ‘Oh, I’m in New York. The tour started.’ Then I’m like, ‘Where are you?’ ‘Oh, the tour ended, you missed it.’ He thinks it’s a privilege for anyone to be in his presence, so therefore he shouldn’t have to tell me, and I shouldn’t have to be invited.”
Wreztky also opened up further on their past, stating: “Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back. I think he and Jimmy got in a couple fights, and he and James maybe five, but with he and I it was screaming matches all the time. I just got to the point where I couldn’t fight anymore, and I needed to leave.”
She also stated that, when they started talking again in 2006, she was told he had ‘changed’, only to find Corgan was still ‘the same’. “Everyone said he changed since he had a kid, and he can be very charming, and fun,” Wretzky says. “He’s fun to talk to; I enjoy mental sparring with him. I just was so out of that world for the longest time, I wasn’t aware of a lot of the crazy stuff, like he supports Trump. What? The shapeshifting thing, I honestly think he may have a brain tumor. He’s always been insufferable.”