Pete Wentz Opens up About Fall Out Boy Reunion: ‘We Needed a Break’
Pete Wentz wants to set the record straight.
Pete clarified that FoB, whose latest release Save Rock and Roll is the No. 1 album in 27 countries, never broke up but simply needed a break. “There wasn’t a fall out. We were just kind of burned out. When you do it for eight years straight, like tour, promo, record, tour we just needed a break to get back to normal life a little bit.”
The bassist, who also hosts Oxygen’s Best Ink, continues, “In order to write about life and be creative, I feel like you need to live it a little bit and I think that we were stuck and I was stuck, kind of like in a little vacuum that was kind of hard to figure out … and I think getting my personal life on track, and having a kid, and going to pre-school in the morning, it opened up my mind in ways to writing that I hadn’t done in a long time.”
Speaking of those life experiences, Pete’s son with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson, Bronx, is now 4-years-old! “He’s like a real human being now,” says Pete. “It’s kind of crazy.”
And with that age, comes questions … and lots of them. Joking that 4-year-olds are supposed to ask “like 400 [questions] a day,” Pete dished on what he says when Dad doesn’t have the answer.
“The protocol is … you’re supposed to say you don’t know because if you start making it up they remember that stuff and then they say, ‘Well, you said this and it doesn’t make sense now.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my god.’”
One of Bronx’s latest inquiries? The temperature of a volcano. “And I’m like, ‘I don’t even know! We have to go to the book store,’” joked Pete.
Even though he’s a father, he’s still a rock star. But that doesn’t mean the essentials of a Dad don’t cross over, like baby wipes, which the singer reveals he uses in place of a shower! “I’ll do that on tour like when we go on tour in Europe especially where you can’t get showers as easily,” he said. “I’ll do a baby wipe-dry shampoo shower if that’s what it comes down to.”
As for those drop-crotch pants we’ve seen Pete and other celebs, like Justin Bieber, rocking recently?
“I feel like they’re tough because every once in a while when I’ll catch myself looking in the mirror at them I’m like, ‘Whoa, you actually look like a little person,’” he explained. “Because I feel like, to really wear them, you have to be really tall you know? So every once in a while I’ll get a look and be like, ‘Wow these make you look really short.’”
Another issue Pete has found with the drop-crotch trend? ”I was on a plane the other day wearing the sweatpants version and got up — we were getting ready to land — [and] I was in the bathroom, and I look down and the crotch is on the toilet, like on the seat, and I was like, ‘This is a bad vibe, not good, nothing is good about that.’”
Pete and the rest of the Fall Out Boy members will also be gracing us with their performance at Wango Tango. ”I think we are going to play a bunch of the old jams people haven’t heard in awhile,” he reveals. “But I’m really excited to play ‘Light Em Up‘ and new songs for people and play Wango Tango—we’ve never done it!”
Get your copy of Fall Out Boy’s latest album Save Rock and Roll on iTunes here and catch Best Ink on Oxygen on Wednesdays at 10/9c.