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Corey Feldman: 'I Might've Taken My Life' Over 'Today' Criticism Years Ago

Corey Feldman, who was in tears after negative backlash over his bizarre 'Today' performance, says he's trying to get over the criticism.

"One thing I want to say is that everyone was singing and playing live and playing real musicianship there. There was no faking it, there was no lip-synching," Feldman tells Us Weekly.

"The girls were thrilled. They were like, 'Oh, my God, we did it!' I'm like, 'Good job, everybody.' And then I get on the plane and I immediately start sobbing. They're all looking at me like I'm crazy. They're like, 'What's your problem? We did great, right?'"

"I said, 'You did do great. Unfortunately, nobody seemed to like what I did. But that's all right.'"

"They just dive in with the worst, the nastiest, the filthiest comments I've ever read," he says. "Like, 'The wrong Corey died' or 'Why don't you just go OD?'"

"I don't care if you're hiding behind a computer or a keyboard — it's not an excuse. It's not acceptable," he explains. "The somebody that you're talking about is a real person with real feelings and real emotions. And I'll tell you what, if I hadn't been through this one thousand times, I might've taken my life over it. And then how would everybody feel?"

"That's all I could think about when I went on that plane. What if the plane crashed? I was thinking, 'What would happen if I died in a plane crash right now? How would everybody feel?' That the last thing that I saw before I got on that plane was them calling me a piece of crap."

Feldman says he doesn't quite get the criticism and stands behind his performance even if it wasn't everyone's cup of tea. He admits, in a way, the negative publicity doesn't necessarily hurt.

"Going into anything, you're going to have some people love it and you're going to have some people hate it and that's OK. I stand behind it 100 percent."

"When they see you pulling in these kinds of numbers, like 10 million views on a video in two days, that's really unheard of. Nobody expected this. But whether you love it or you hate it, you can't stop watching it. And that sells tickets. At the end of the day it's success. We have succeeded."

September 22, 2016 |

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