In a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor discussed the impact of his personal life on the band’s music, and how it was reflected on the band’s latest album, 2019’s We Are Not Your Kind.
“I’ve been reticent to go into too much detail about my prior relationship but it was really dark, really toxic and it ended badly,” Corey said. “I decided to purge. I had to. I had to let everything out and not hold anything back. Because I was able to do that, I was able to give substance and weight to the way I was feeling, the things I had gone through, and all of these mental issues that came in the wake of that; I was able to really sort them out properly and put them down and move on.”
“I didn’t want to feel like I’d failed twice, even though it takes two to f*ck something up,” he continued. “I didn’t want to feel like I hadn’t given it everything I could. The good thing that came out of that marriage is my daughter. That’s one thing I can be thankful for from that relationship. Nothing else.
“Sometimes you don’t have to stick it out. Sometimes if your gut is telling you things are bad, listen to your gut. I ignored it for a while trying to do the right thing — whatever the f*ck that is. Sometimes the ‘right thing’ isn’t the right thing for you.”
When asked about his eldest daughter, Angeline, Corey responded: “She and I aren’t really close… I don’t want to say we had a falling out, but we just kind of drifted apart a few years ago. I wasn’t there when she was born. She was born early on and I was already at work when that was going on. With [son] Griff it’s different, though. I was there from day one. As well as with [youngest daughter] Ryan.
“It’s difficult,” he added. “It’s a tough thing to deal with, but all you can focus on are the ones you have, the ones that are right there, and hope that the other one is doing OK. I definitely miss her.”