David Ellefson‘s longtime business partner Thom Hazaert has announced his retirement from the music business.
Hazaert revealed his decision in a Facebook post posted yesterday (June 13): “For the last 30 years, I have toiled away in the music business (and life) being a person who did everything for everyone else, at the expense of myself — my finances, my happiness, my self-respect. I scraped, I barely made money, I suffered. I put everything I had into something to get nothing. Started over from scratch COUNTLESS times, only to be f*cked again by someone or something else, right as the hard work started paying off (while they ran off to tell everyone how I f*cked them.)
“I pushed myself to the point where I LITERALLY died. And maybe it’s just the nature of the thankless job, but most of the stories of that experience end with being betrayed by the very people I put everything into helping, while they ran off with everything I created, or destroyed it. And somehow, I always end up the bad guy. That goes for personal, and business relationships (which in this business are essentially one and the same).
“I know hundreds, if not thousands of people who could or maybe would say that I have done something huge for them, something that put them closer to their dreams,” he continued. “For every 100 of those, there’s a few who would rather skew the perspective of everything I did for them, and twist distortions, or flat out lies or delusions, to say the opposite, and make me out to be some kind of monster.
“Nope, I’m not perfect. But in the immortal words of Tony Montana, ‘I ain’t never f*cked nobody that didn’t have it coming.’ I am honest to a fucking FAULT, and know my weaknesses, and have always avoided them. I am kind, sane, reasonable, professional, and level-headed. I would give anyone the shirt off my back, and go out of my way to try and help EVERYONE, and put as much good into the World as I can. But as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.
“Now I’m at a point I can barely move or function half the time, have crippling anxiety, and no motivation to do anything, frankly not only because of my health, and the mountain of medications I am on to stay alive, but because any ounce of motivation or excitement, hope or joy has been sucked out of my life, and this business, which, at its worst, is a constant exercise in deflecting and/or maintaining relationships with (and placating) crazy, entitled, toxic, and/or delusional people.
“We live in a nearly apocalyptic world where anyone can say anything and post it on the internet, and it’s true. A World that thrives on drama, and manipulation, where everyone wants to be a victim, and anyone will hear anything, with no context or actual knowledge of the situation, and it’s true. (If they want it to be.) That’s this world, and even moreso, this business. And this has been proven to be true of even some of my closest ‘friends’. Trust me, If I wanted to spill dirt, or be a victim, or air people’s dirty laundry, I have so much I could start a f*cking dry cleaners. I believe in trust, and honor, even when those people go out of their way to try and f*ck and destroy YOU.
“So, consider this my official retirement,” Hazaert added. “F*ck music. I hate it now anyway. F*ck the music business. There really isn’t one, and I hate it even more. (Of course there are a lot of amazing people in this business that I LOVE, and always will.) F*ck social media (and public life). I’m done with that too.
“To my friends, and those who have supported me, thank you. Liars, sh*t-talkers, behind the back whisperers, betrayers, and people who pretended to be my friends, or used me. Have at it.
“I’m gonna find something to do that I like. I’m going to collect and sell toys, and hang out with my kids and my dog, and try and be happy I’m alive. I might be broke, but I was always f*cking broke. Welcome to the f*cking music business.
“Say goodnight to the bad guy.”
Hazaert‘s announcement comes a month after sexually explicit photos and video of Ellefson leaked online along with allegations that he had been grooming a fan, which he vehemently denied. Ellefson has since been fired from MEGADETH.