During an event held earlier this month to celebrate the upcoming release of his new solo album CMF2, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor sat for a Q&A session with fan-submitted questions, getting visibly emotional when discussing the impact fans have had on his mental health.
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In a pair of clips posted on TikTok by an attendee, the normally stoic Slipknot frontman began to get emotional when thanking his fans for "being there for him" over the length of his career. "I want you to know something", Taylor says, "for the longest time, I didn't have a lot of reasons in my heart to live, but as my life has gone on, and you guys have been there for me, you have no idea...". Wiping his eyes, he adds, "I promise you this, as long as you are here, I will always be here for you."
Asked about any advice he would give to a young Corey, he admits, "Honestly... and this is true, I would tell my 18-year-old self that it's going to be okay, because no one ever f***ing told me that. And anyone who needs to hear that, right now, listen to me. It is going to be okay, no matter what is going on, it is all temporary. And you can get through it because you're f***ing stronger than you goddamn think."
Also during the event, Corey performed a short set of solo tracks and covers, including his now-famous SpongeBob SquarePants theme song rendition, this time without SpongeBob himself, unfortunately.
Corey Taylor’s sophomore solo album CMF2 is set for release on September 15.
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