Gloomy overgrown baby Billy Corgan appears to be seeing the lighter side of life lately – or, at least, the Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman has become refreshingly self-aware.
“I did it because I enjoyed it. I thought it was fun,” he told Loudwire, not altogether convincingly, when pressed about his dour public persona.
“I thought I made a lot of good points through the years that exposed the hypocrisy of much of the media complex as far as how they treat celebrity, that they’re really not interested in the work, they’re more interested in what the work gives them in terms of opportunity of creating clickbait and stuff like that.”
In terms of clickbait, he may well be referring to this classic snap of him having an absolute whale of a time at Disneyland back in 2015:
Really living it up at the Magic Kingdom there, Billy.
“It’s more of a gossip type of thing, and you can play into that, but ultimately it doesn’t really do what you hoped it would do, which is get people to listen to the music.”
Well, now he’s “done playing the class-A heel”, and is “pretty settled” at 51 years old.
“My life is about music and being an artist. I’m blessed to play with such tremendous musicians who are great collaborators, friends, family. I’m blessed to still want to write music, and especially with my partners.”
And as if to ram the point home, here’s a genuinely lovely picture taken recently with his little boy.
Although, you should probably take note of the caption.
“At @disneyland, having an absolutely miserable time. (Note the fake smiles on our faces as evidence)”
Still kind of a heel, then.