Corey Feldman knows you hated his Today performance — and he’s totally fine with it.
The former Goonies star recently made headlines when he showed up at the Today show with an all-female backup band dressed as angels. Performing his not-made-up single “Go 4 It” off his 100 percent real album Angelic 2 the Core, Feldman and his bizarre dance moves quickly became a viral.
Now, after crying about it in now-deleted Facebook videos, Feldman says he’s okay with being somewhat of a target for ridicule for the online community.
“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.'”
For Feldman, the one thing that does piss him off is the amount of comments about drug use that surfaced. As someone who was close to actor Corey Haim, who died in 2010 after years of drug abuse, he says he was very hurt by comments telling him to overdose and die.
“They just dive in with the worst, the nastiest, the filthiest comments I’ve ever read,” he recalls. “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 continues. “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?”
Despite the backlash, Feldman believes he succeeded and is proud of his performance. Crediting his son for helping him put on a brave face, the 45-year-old says he stands by what he did “100 percent.”
“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 … We have gotten a lot of interest,” he explains. “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.”