In a new interview with Kaaos TV, Sean Dowdell, known for his great works with Chester Bennington‘s early band Grey Daze and one of his close friends, made flash comments on Chester Bennington and said he was bothered by negative reactions after the band’s seventh studio album “One More Light.”
While he talks on the issue, he said he always supported him after fans’ or peoples negative comments. He also said he had some sexual abuse as a child and it was very hard for him.
“I’m gonna say a few things here. It may not be very popular, but it’s the truth. And not that I wanna bring the Linkin Park guys into the conversation, but I think they would agree with this.
“When they did the ‘One More Light’ album, it wasn’t received the way they thought it was gonna be received, or at least the way Chester thought it was gonna be received.
“He got a lot of negativity from fans, and it really bothered him. And we talked about that a lot. He would just be so bummed out and he would blast people on Twitter, and he would get upset.
“And I would tell him, ‘Dude, don’t let these people bring you down. It’s not worth it. The music is good, man. Don’t worry about this kind of crap.’
“For those guys, they worked so hard on putting those records together, and they’re so used to having these accolades and this adulation from their fanbase.
“And then when they put out an album like ‘One More Light,’ and still 95% of the people like the music, but it’s that five percent of people that just [complain], and they spend so much time…
“These losers in their basement, I like to call ’em, where all they have is just time to sit there and write on a keyboard about what a loser you are. It’s like, ‘What have you done with your life?’
“I don’t understand what makes somebody be a fan of Chester’s, and you love everything he did – or most everything he did – and then he does a song that you don’t like, that you feel like you have to badmouth him or tell him he sucks and all this kind of crap.
“And that stuff really weighed on him. So I think that really contributed to part of his head spot.
“He had some sexual abuse as a child, and that always weighed on him, and that kind of culminated into this thought process where Chester never felt good enough or never felt appreciated or never felt like he was worth it.”
He concluded his words by remembering what he said to Chester for his personality.
“He had this emptiness inside that I don’t think he could really explain to a lot of people. I got to know this side of him quite well.
“He could have a thousand people, after a show, wanting to meet him and tell him how great he is and how much he touched their life in a profoundly emotionally positive way, gave them an outlet for their own pain and their own distress, and internally, Chester would not hear that.
“He would say thank you, and he would still feel like he wasn’t enough. We’d have this conversation, and he’d be like, ‘I just don’t feel like I’m smart enough. I don’t feel like I’m good enough.’
“And I’d go, ‘Chester, you are such a good person. Forget the singing. I don’t care about you as a singer; I care about you as a human being. I don’t care that you are a great singer. I care that you are such a good person.’ He was one of the best friends you could ever have.”
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