Papa Roach Singer’s A Glutton For Punishment

NOT Billie Joe Armstrong

It hasn’t even been two weeks since we learned Jacoby Shaddix nearly did himself in as a last resort, after his life had broken into pieces.

But the Papa Roach frontman only contemplated suicide, and still lives and breaths. Obviously, the dude’s got fucking issues.

This week, he releases a letter he wrote to his younger self. Is he just inviting ridicule? Maybe that’s what he wants.

“You know what, just do what you’re gonna do, son. You’re going to do exactly what you want to do, because you never listen to anybody as it is,” the letter starts.

“You’re going to make more than your fair share of mistakes, and you’re going to make apologies for those mistakes where necessary, but ultimately everything that happens is going to be part of your journey.

“It’s a trip that’s going to be bumpy, unpleasant and at times downright dangerous, but it’s a trip that you’re going to need to go on to find out who you are,” writes Jacoby. “It’ll be tough and it’ll be terrific in equal measure, but when you come out the other side you’re going to be in the best place possible. Just remember to appreciate what you have, and to fight for the things that mean the most to you in life, because believe me, you’re gonna have to do that. You’re going to learn the hard way, but that’s just the way you roll.”

This must be part of some recovery program dude’s in. Why else would someone write shit like this?

“But, no matter what,” the letter continues, “just remember that you’re gonna be alright. You’re a fighter and you’ve never let any motherfucker grind you down before, so make sure that you stay that way and keep that fire burning. You’re your own worst enemy, but that’s what makes you you. Never lose sight of that and you’ll make it.

“I gotta warn you that some bad shit is gonna happen, dude. Shit is going to go down in a big way and it’s gonna push you to the fucking limit, so you need to keep your wits about you. You’re not always gonna be ready for it and it’s gonna fucking own you from time to time, so you’re gonna have to fight even when you feel like you can’t. Some of this shit will take you by surprise and leave you broken…”

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