Fall Out Boy Guitarist Joe Trohman announces hiatus from the band ahead of new album release

The same day Fall Out Boy announced their upcoming eighth album, founding guitarist Joe Trohman posted a note to social media that he is taking a break from the band.

“Without revealing all the details, I must disclose that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years,” Trohman wrote in a message sent to Fall Out Boy‘s Instagram page. “So to avoid disappearing and never coming back, I’m going to take a break from work, which unfortunately includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.”

Trohman has been with the band since its formation in the early 2000s in the Chicago suburbs, along with singer Patrick Stump, bassist Pete Wentz and drummer Andy Hurley.

Earlier Wednesday, Fall Out Boy announced their eighth studio album, So much (too) stardust, was released March 24 and released the LP’s first single, “Love From the Other Side.” Trohman plays on the new album, but appears to be stepping down ahead of promotion for the project, including a performance scheduled for Wednesday night. Jimmy Kimmel Live!

“It pains me to make this decision, especially as we release a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I am most proud of),” Trohman’s note continued. “So the question remains: Do I want to return to the fold? Absolutely, one hundred percent. In the meantime, I have to recover, which means I put myself and my mental health first.”

Trohman thanked his bandmates and family for “understanding and respecting this difficult, but necessary, decision.”

Read Troman’s full note below:

Neil Young once howled that it’s better to burn out than fade away. But I can tell you unequivocally that burning out is terrible. Without divulging all the details, I must reveal that my mental health has rapidly deteriorated over the past several years. So to avoid disappearing and never coming back, I’m going to take a break from work, which unfortunately includes stepping away from Fall Out Boy for a spell.

It pains me to make this decision, especially when we release a new album that fills me with great pride (the sin I am most proud of). So the question remains: Will I return to the fold? Absolutely, one hundred percent. In the meantime, I need to recover, which means putting myself and my mental health first. Thanks to everyone, including my bandmates and family, for understanding and respecting this difficult but necessary decision.

Smell you sooner than later,

Joe Trohman

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